Dear Scansion, Thank You. signed Laertes’ mother

In the play Hamlet, I always thought Polonius’s son (and Ophelia’s big bro) pronounced his name LAYerTEES.

Not so.

Throughout the play, when the name appears in a poetic line, to maintain the scansion of the iambic pentameter, it’s got to be layAIRtees.

Comment?