Perceive and enjoy art and literature through your own personal and learned lens.
“We’ve learned over the years that if we wanted we could write anything that just felt good or sounded good and it didn’t necessarily have to have any particular meaning to us. As odd as it seemed to us, reviewers would take it upon themselves to interject their own meanings on our lyrics. Sometimes we sit and read other people’s interpretations of our lyrics and think, ‘Hey, that’s pretty good.’ If we liked it, we would keep our mouths shut and just accept the credit as if it was what we meant all along.”
— John Lennon
Sometimes «nonsense» is just nonsense, and «fun and games» are mere pleasure. The same goes for modern literature and art: sometimes it is nothing more than the author’s/artist’s whimsical momentary expression. Enjoy it for what it is for you, regardless of what the painter has given it as a title … or how art critics want you to perceive it.
But on the other hand, sometimes other persons – or I – see things in my paintings (faces, objects) that I later realize were obviously my subconsciousness hard at work — unbeknownst to my regulated thought and physical processes at the actual time of painting.
But the connections between “Ring around the Rosie” and the Black Plague are apparently unfounded: