The Rhythmic Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Poems and Songs.

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Song “The Sail”.

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B.
a.
B.
c.
D.
c.
D.

5+1.
4+2.
5+1.
4+2.
5+1.
4+2.
5+1.
4+3.

2-4-6.
2-4-6.
2-4-6.
2-4-6.
2-4-6.
2-4-6.
2-4-6.
2-4-6.

(*) (*) The (screw has dissec)ted (*)
A (seal with a whack)... (*) (*)
The (shot isn’t expec)ted (*)
If (comes from the back)... (*) (*)
The (battery gun)ners (*)
Haven’t (shells in reserve)... (*) (*)
The (powerful run)ners (*)
Are (fast on a curve)! (*) (*) (*)

a.
a.

9*+3.
7+2.

1-3-5-7-9-11.
1-3-5-7-9.

But the sail! (*) (*) The sail is rent! (*) (*) (*)
I repent, repent, repent... (*) (*)

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B.
a.
B.
c.
D.
c.
D.

5+1.
4+2.
5+1.
4+2.
5+1.
4+2.
5+1.
4+3.

2-4-6.
2-4-6.
2-4-6.
2-4-6.
2-4-6.
2-4-6.
2-4-6.
2-4-6.

Who (craves for a bat)tle (*)
May (find no foe)... (*) (*)
It (really doesn’t mat)ter (*)
If (aches your little toe)... (*) (*)
To (many of ho)pers (*)
The (door-hinges sing), (*) (*)
“Ye (hadn’t a good pur)pose, (*)
And (aren’t welcome in)!” (*) (*) (*)

a.
a.

9*+3.
7+2.

1-3-5-7-9-11.
1-3-5-7-9.

But the sail! (*) (*) The sail is rent! (*) (*) (*)
I repent, repent, repent... (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.
c.
D.
c.
D.

5+1.
4+2.
5+1.
4+2.
5+1.
4+2.
5+1.
4+3.

2-4-6.
2-4-6.
2-4-6.
2-4-6.
2-4-6.
2-4-6.
2-4-6.
2-4-6.

My (praises to tho)se (*)
Who (sing in their sleeps)!.. (*) (*)
All (parts of the glo)be (*)
May (lie under seas), (*) (*)
All (high and low gro)unds (*)
May (burst into fire), (*) (*)
But (I do anno)unce, (*)
“It’ll (never be mine)!” (*) (*) (*)

a.
a.

9*+3.
7.

1-3-5-7-9-11.
1-3-5-7.

But the sail! (*) (*) The sail is rent! (*) (*) (*)
I repent, repent, repent... (*) (*)

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