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

The Structure of the Poem “I’ll tell you what will happen, friends...”

A.
b.
A.
b.

8+2.
9+3.
8+2.
9+3.

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

I’ll tell you what will happen, friends, (*) (*)
In the unknown stretch of ages, (*) (*) (*)
Despite the fact that learned men (*) (*)
Will disapprove my exhortation. (*) (*) (*)

A.
b.
A.
b.

8+2.
9+3.
10*+2.
9+3.

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

Once it’ll transpire on the Earth, (*) (*)
That storms will take their normal courses. (*) (*) (*)
Then ices, (*) (*) like raw leather girths, (*) (*)
Will tighten the bellies of the oceans. (*) (*) (*)

A.
B.
A.
B.

8+2.
8+2.
8+2.
8+2.

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

Will fall the currents of great strength, (*) (*)
Electric meters will show naughts, (*) (*)
And will detect their usual ways (*) (*)
Nor cash nor information flows. (*) (*)

A.
b.
A.
b.

8+2.
9+3.
8+2.
9+3.

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

And then not bellicose arms— (*) (*)
Not thud of hoofs and powder smoke— (*) (*) (*)
But billions of the glasses drunk (*) (*)
Will drown this poor sinful Globe... (*) (*) (*)

A.
b.
A.
b.

8+2.
11*+3.
10*+2.
9+3.

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

Black, violet, or color dreams (*) (*)
Will come, (*) (*) your troubles will be ended— (*) (*) (*)
That is, ye all, (*) (*) benign and grim, (*) (*)
Will be entirely contented. (*) (*) (*)

A.
b.
A.
b.

8+2.
9+3.
8+2.
9+3.

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

No one will like as it’ll befall, (*) (*)
But it’ll befall without doubt. (*) (*) (*)
If there is crying in the North, (*) (*)
Then wait for crying in the South. (*) (*) (*)

A.
b.
A.
b.

8+2.
9+3.
8+2.
9.

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

If there are gossips and outrages, (*) (*)
It means that will be squalls and droughts. (*) (*) (*)
The Northern winds blow at their rate, (*) (*)
And they come back but through the South...

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