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

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Song “I Abandoned My Deal”.

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B.
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16*+2.
13*+3.
16*+2.
13*+8.

1-3-5-7-9-11-13-15-17.
1-3-5-7-9-11-13-15.
1-3-5-7-9-11-13-15-17.
1-3-5-7-9-11-13-15-17-19-21.

(*) (*) I a(bandoned my deal), (*) (*) (*) tho’ the (business was quite advanta)geous; (*) (*)
Having (taken no one thing), (*) I left (it of my own free will)(*) (*) (*)
Not be(cause I’m a freak), (*) (*) (*) but be(cause from the blue mountain ran)ges, (*) (*)
I re(ceived with the wind) (*) a new (call for a new urgent deal). (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

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b.
A.
b.

14*+4.
13*+1.
12*+4.
13*+8.

2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16-18.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16-18-20.

From books, (*) (*) (*) (*) a lot of things we understand, (*) (*) (*) (*)
But what’s topmost (*) (*) is orally declared, (*)
“There are no prophets (*) (*) in one’s own land, (*) (*) (*) (*)
But prophets overseas (*) (*) are just as rare.” (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

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B.
a.
B.

16*+2.
13*+3.
16*+2.
13*+4.

1-3-5-7-9-11-13-15-17.
1-3-5-7-9-11-13-15.
1-3-5-7-9-11-13-15-17.
1-3-5-7-9-11-13-15-17.

They at (once grabbed my things), (*) (*) (*) but I’m (glad that the full lion’s sha)re (*) (*)
Was re(ceived by the persons), (*) who’d have (gotten it from me anyway). (*) (*) (*)
Now I’m (walking along), (*) (*) (*) up the (creaking, precipitous sta)irs, (*) (*)
To the (derelict cock)loft, (*) where (they very rarely stray). (*) (*) (*) (*)

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b.
A.
b.

12*+4.
13*+1.
12*+4.
13*+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.

There are no prophets (*) (*) for to come to hand; (*) (*) (*) (*)
In days of yore, (*) (*) they vanished in the air. (*)
There are no prophets (*) (*) in one’s own land, (*) (*) (*) (*)
But prophets overseas (*) (*) are just as rare. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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B.
a.
B.

16*+2.
13*+3.
16*+2.
13*+4.

1-3-5-7-9-11-13-15-17.
1-3-5-7-9-11-13-15.
1-3-5-7-9-11-13-15-17.
1-3-5-7-9-11-13-15-17.

Down(stairs they say)(*) (*) (*) with be(nevolence or malice, I don’t) know, (*) (*)
“It’s so (good he’s away), (*) we’re quite (fed up with his frantic deeds)!” (*) (*) (*)
While I (scrape a cobweb) (*) (*) (*) from the (icons I got in the cock)loft, (*) (*)
I must (hurry because) (*) in the (backyard my comrades saddle steeds). (*) (*) (*) (*)

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b.
A.
b.

12*+4.
13*+1.
12*+4.
13*+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.

In front of Jesus’ (*) (*) shining face I stand, (*) (*) (*) (*)
He says to me (*) (*) about his despair, (*)
“There are no prophets (*) (*) in thy own land, (*) (*) (*) (*)
But prophets overseas (*) (*) are just as rare.” (*) (*) (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.

16*+2.
13*+3.
16*+2.
13*+4.

1-3-5-7-9-11-13-15-17.
1-3-5-7-9-11-13-15.
1-3-5-7-9-11-13-15-17.
1-3-5-7-9-11-13-15-17.

I jump (onto my steed), (*) (*) (*) our (bodies are perfectly mer)ging, (*) (*)
But I (feel we’ll collapse)(*) such a (gallop may certainly kill). (*) (*) (*)
I a(bandoned my deal)(*) (*) (*) this new (call from the ranges is ur)ging (*) (*)
Me a(way from the past), (*) now I’m (facing a new urgent deal). (*) (*) (*) (*)

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B.
A.
B.

12*+4.
13*+1.
12*+4.
13*.

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.

I gallop, (*) (*) grinding stalks of rye with sand, (*) (*) (*) (*)
And through the crunch (*) (*) it sounds, I can swear, (*)
“There are no prophets (*) (*) in one’s own land, (*) (*) (*) (*)
But prophets overseas (*) (*) are just as rare.” (*) (*)

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