Hamlet in madness hath Polonius slain, And from his mother’s closet hath he dragged.

I’m not always the most INTO the meter of the text. I love that it’s there and when I’m performing it, I will get INTO it – but in this context, it hardly ever pops out at me as something to discuss.
This time is different, though.
There’s something about the rhythm of this pair of lines that sounds like a nursery rhyme to me. Maybe it’s the feminine endings, or the regular irregularity or the words, maybe.
It’s like a 2 line story.
Like one of to those super short stories that are popular these days.
The meter of this whole speech is incredibly disjointed. One gets the sense that this event has sent Claudius into a little bit of a fluster. And yet he pulls out this sort of regular 2 line story in the middle of it.

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