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accepted When did “eitel” switch from “vergänglich” (fading) to “eingebildet” (smug)?
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comment When did “eitel” switch from “vergänglich” (fading) to “eingebildet” (smug)?
@Matthias: Interesting, also concerning Hubert's answer, from the Wikipedia article: Der dargestellten äußeren Form entspricht der inhaltliche Aufbau. Das vorliegende Sonett ist ein argumentativer Text. In Vers 1 stellt der Dichter eine These auf, die die gleiche Aussage enthält, wie der Titel des Sonetts: Auf dieser Welt ist Alles nur Eitelkeit, hier steht Eitelkeit in seiner alten Bedeutung Vergänglichkeit. So I guess It is not so uncommon to understand "eitel" as "vergänglich".
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comment When did “eitel” switch from “vergänglich” (fading) to “eingebildet” (smug)?
@HubertSchölnast Do you have a reference for your statement that Gryphius cited Luther?
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comment When did “eitel” switch from “vergänglich” (fading) to “eingebildet” (smug)?
I guess "nichtig" works fine in the poem of Gryphius. Although "nichtig" is more of a judgement than "vergänglich" which sounds more descriptive to me. In that sense it matters how one should understand "eitel" here.
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comment When did “eitel” switch from “vergänglich” (fading) to “eingebildet” (smug)?
Do you say that Gryphius made a reference to Luther then? I never came about such a statement before.
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