About the Digital Method of Recording the Rhythmic Structure.

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

The digital method of recording the rhythmic structure is aimed to assist in writing, translating and reciting poetic texts, and also facilitate writing music to song lyrics. This method gives the possibility to display the position and duration of intervals (and drawling vowels or consonants in songs), the position and number of real and empty syllables in the line, the position of stressed syllables, the line meter and the rhyme type.

In this publication, there is presented the rhythmic structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s poems and songs published on the site “Poems and Songs of Vladimir Vysotsky”.

Letters in the first column say about the rhyme type: capital letters mean the masculine rhyme, small letters—the feminine rhyme, small letters with one asterisk—the dactylic rhyme, and small letters with two asterisks—the hyper-dactylic rhyme. If there are the masculine and dactylic rhymes in the line, such a line is marked with a capital letter with an asterisk, and if there are the feminine and hyper-dactylic rhymes—with a small letter with three asterisks.

Figures in the second column show the number of syllables in the line. Obligatory and additional empty syllables inside the line, and also drawling vowels or consonants are counted; in the last two cases, figures that designate the number of syllables are marked by an asterisk. The additional figure on the left side means the number of anacrusis syllables, the additional gray figure on the right side means the number of empty syllables after the line.

Figures in the third column say about the line meter: figures 1, 3, 5 and so on mean trochee, 2, 4, 6 and so on—iambus, 1, 4, 7 and so on—dactyl, 2, 5, 8 and so on—amphibrach, and 3, 6, 9 and so on—anapest. The stressed syllables are printed in red color, and if the line meter differ from the mentioned ones, figures are running—in this case, figures that designate additional syllables are enclosed in brackets. The additional figure zero on the left side means the anacrusis syllable. Gray figures mean empty syllables.

Enclosed in brackets green asterisks inside the line and blue asterisks after the line mean obligatory empty syllables, and enclosed in brackets light green (inside the line) and light blue (after the line) asterisks mean additional empty syllables. If the neighboring stanzas are of different meters, the number of empty syllables after the first stanza is defined by the meter of the second one.

In the song lyrics, enclosed in brackets maroon asterisks mean music without words, these asterisks are not displayed by figures, and their number is defined by the meter of the neighboring stanza. Enclosed in brackets orange asterisks mean a pause, their number is defined by the meter of the neighboring stanza or stanza inside which they are situated.

The enclosed in brackets blue syllable (syllables) in the beginning of the line is the anacrusis one. Enclosed in brackets magenta syllables are united.

Akbar Muhammad.

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