Be sure that you go to the author to get his meaning, not to find yours. -- John RushkinMost of the time, I agree with this quote. To honor the hard work of the author, we must look for his meaning and gain what we can from it. But, I think it's also productive to find your own meaning in all forms of art -- writing, art, music... After all, we internalize what we read, hear and see and adapt our lives accordingly.
Occasionally, I'd like to add a section to the back of books... let's call it In Other Words... where the author spells out his meaning just in case I'm a bit too obtuse to get it in his artistic words. Many times readers get so much more from a writing if they have a little insight into the background of the author or the origin of the story or article.
Think about adding In Other Words to your next book.