At times, inference must play a large role in interpreting the meaning and purpose of a poem. Yet an inference cannot be made without incorporating the reader's own prior knowledge, experiences or bias. Because of its interpretive nature, poetry nearly begs readers to include pieces of themselves in their conclusions. While these inferences can be a viable part of a poem's interpretation, readers should beware of using them exclusively. When in doubt, stick with the poet's words. Dig deep and learn from them, rather than rushing to a snap judgment that is based too much on your own perspective.