O, ‘tis most sweet When in one line two crafts directly meet.

Hamlet’s mixing his metaphors quite dramatically in this passage, it would seem. We’re doing all this mine talking – sweeping, martial-ness, military and explosions, etc – and now suddenly – crafts – which are usually boats. So …is the metaphor mixing reflective of a state of mind? Hamlet’s pretty clear and consistent most of the time.
As for this metaphor, is it expressing a kind of delight in confrontation? A joy in the battle? One craft traveling along refusing to budge when the other comes straight at it?
No one’s coming straight at anyone in this play, though. It’s all skirting around the edges. Digging beneath, spying and surprise.

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