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

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Song “The fords are deep, the bridges have burnt down...”

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B.
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B.

13*+3.
12*+2.
13*+3.
12*+4.

2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.

(*) (*) The fords are deep, (*) (*) the bridges have burnt down, (*) (*) (*)
The ins and outs (*) (*) are reliably close. (*) (*)
There only skulls (*) (*) are visible around, (*) (*) (*)
The only way (*) (*) is where the crowd goes. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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B.
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B.

11+3.
10+2.
15*+3.
10+4.

2-4-6-8-10-12-14.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16-18.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14.

Just like a horse revolving the millstone, (*) (*) (*)
Distinctly proving that the world is small— (*) (*)
Not in a spiral— (*) (*) in a circle moves the crowd, (*) (*) (*)
Without any bearing at all. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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B.
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13*+3.
10+2.
11+3.
10+8.

2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16-18.

Caught in the rain, (*) (*) a palette spreads about, (*) (*) (*)
And gallops muffle up a polonaise; (*) (*)
Smells, flowers, tones and rhythms have faded out, (*) (*) (*)
And oxygen has vanished in the haze. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

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B.
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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.

There nobody gets an inspiration (*) (*) (*)
To make a turn to any other way. (*) (*)
But is this everlasting circulation (*) (*) (*)
The thing that’s called perpetual headway?

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