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

The Structure of the Poem “If there’s but a sadness in your soul...”

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b.

4+2.
7+3.
4+2.
7+3.

2-4-6.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6.
2-4-6-8-10.

If there’s but (*) (*)
a sadness in your soul, (*) (*) (*)
It’s just a light (*) (*)
non-irritating load. (*) (*) (*)

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B.
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B.
A.
A.

4+2.
6+4.
6+2.
6+4.
4+2.
6+4.
6+2.
12*.

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

It’s now clear (*) (*)
that they’re completely right, (*) (*) (*) (*)
Those personages who grin, (*) (*)
who so mistrustfully grin: (*) (*) (*) (*)
Espousals and feasts (*) (*)
won’t straighten out the line— (*) (*) (*) (*)
Some thing has disappeared, (*) (*)
and our sewing (*) (*) tears at the seams.

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