Student or Learner
While reading a book of Shakespeare I came across a grammar pattern that is new to me.
'He who knows not Shakespeare is ignorant of.............. '
My problem is 'knows not' is totally new to me and I do not get that pattern.
But I believe it cal also be written as 'He who doesn't know Shakespeare is........ '
The problem is I am not familiar with the first phrase.
Your comment would be appreciated.
In the present day, we cant see that kind of grammar rule, right?
You may come across it occasionally, but when people use it, they are consciously using an old form for rhetorical effect, so you might find it in a formal speech, for instance.
That was the one that came to mind first.
My favorite use of this construction is: “He who knows not and knows not he knows not: is a fool - shun him. He who knows not and knows he knows not: is simple - teach him. He who knows and knows not he knows is asleep - wake him. He who knows and knows he knows is wise - follow him.”
Mike. I like your construction. Anyway, people who do not know this case may think these kinds of usage are wrong, incorrect or ungrammatical. I came across it in a book called complete works. It must have been written two or three centuries ago. I am not sure.