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

The Structure of the Poem “Life was screwed with the rough rusty nut...”

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B.

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8+1.
8+1.
8+1.
8+2.

2-5-8.
2-5-8.
2-5-8.
2-5-8.

(Life) was screwed with the rough rusty nut, (*)
And twisted just like the jute’s wisps, (*)
Through fire and water passed life, (*)
Dead beaten with the pitiless whip. (*) (*)

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1+

10+1.
9+3.
10+1.
9.

1-4-7-10.
2-5-8-11.
1-4-7-10.
2-5-8.

Life waltzed at balls in the rich rustling silk, (*)
Made noise in the sumptuous messes... (*) (*) (*)
(Then) calm took the place of the rustle of silk, (*)
And came to be rest in white dresses.

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