I remember I registered for a class in college that was a close study of the works by John Milton. Milton's Paradise Lost one of the longest poems in the history of literature was not something that too many students flocked to to sign up for, however, for me I had found something within his dense, confusing, and dry material that caught my interest and my thoughts. At the root of the battle between good vs. evil and the story and creation of mankind, their existed extremely deep images of love. The love that Adam and Eve shared for each other but also the love that existed between God and Satan. Milton's story was of course about the fall of man from Paradise and the fall of Satan from Heaven, but it was also at its core a romantic story about how the power of love and the emotions that are generated from it control our lives and our destinies.
Sometimes we find it hard to connect with the images that a poet creates within his or her work. I have found that one's own life experiences can help aid in finding a variety of angles to approaching and understanding poetry. This tool not only applies to poetry but to other sources of literature as well. If we can take time to indulge in our emotions, feelings, thoughts, and physical enviroments, there is a good chance that one may have a more diverse understanding of a piece of literature.