Can one renounce 'completion' with epithets and rhyme-patterns that in themselves retain a certain repleteness
More recently, Wendy Steiner has noted that the "semiotic concreteness" of modern art "seeks a repleteness
of meaning that is never fully available in art, but only in life" (xii, xiii).
This is a questionable rendering of Shakespeare, given the repleteness
of his language.
He contends that historical texts have what Nelson Goodman calls the "density" and "repleteness
" of pictures, respectively the continuity of pictural notation and the relevance to the picture of all levels of detail.
The monochromes Rauschenberg began there took him in two opposed directions: the black paintings toward a saturated repleteness
(he said that he began them by painting over a ground of newspapers so that the field would already be full of marks(2)); the white paintings toward a barely touched emptiness and vulnerability to every event in their vicinity.
That image of larger-than-life repleteness
becomes the merest shell of plenitude.
Goodman uses Gombrich's argument to dismiss the idea that pictorial symbols are natural (rather than conventional) signs which represent objects through resemblance, and then defines the peculiar characteristics of pictures in terms of repleteness
. But a replete scheme in an analog system cannot be shown to embody any significant set of regularities.