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

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Poem “We live in the dead emptiness, my dears...”

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B.
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B.

11+3.
12*+2.
11+3.
12*+2.

2-4-6-8-10-12-14.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14.

We live in the dead emptiness, my dears, (*) (*) (*)
If try to press, (*) (*) a dreadful stench will fly, (*) (*)
And we can’t get rid of the deadly fear (*) (*) (*)
As with great shows (*) (*) as with feasts with wine. (*) (*)

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B.
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B.

11+3.
10+2.
11+3.
10.

2-4-6-8-10-12-14.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14.
2-4-6-8-10.

Because of the obligatory oblations, (*) (*) (*)
That our fathers praised so many times, (*) (*)
There is a seal on our generation— (*) (*) (*)
We’re stripped of reason, memory and eyes...

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