‘Tis true, ‘tis pity, And pity ‘tis ‘tis true – a foolish figure.

Polonius, playing with language. He cannot help himself, it would seem. There are moments where toying with repetition like this is a good idea. While writing lyrics, perhaps. Or when making a speech at an academic banquet. One instance in which it might not be appropriate would be while talking with the royal family about the nature of their son’s illness. In that instance, it would seem a certain gravitas might be called for.


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