ἆρ᾽ οἶδεν κ.τ.λ. Instead of being angered by Creon's bitter words, Teiresias is communing with the mournful thought which they suggest—the thought of human folly. His sorrowful exclamation here is like his “πάντες γὰρ οὐ φρονεῖτ᾽” in the scene with Oedipus (O. T. 328).
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