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

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Poem “What to do? None of them had a thought...”

A.
B.
A.
B.

12*+3.
9+3.
9+3.
9+4.

3-6-9-12-15.
3-6-9-12.
3-6-9-12.
3-6-9-12.

What to do? (*) (*) (*) None of them had a thought, (*) (*) (*)
And as always they started to dine, (*) (*) (*)
Play and trick, laugh and joke, in short, (*) (*) (*)
They resolved to take pleasure of life. (*) (*) (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.

9+3.
8+4.
9+3.
8.

2-5-8-11.
2-5-8-11.
2-5-8-11.
2-5-8.

Although there was wine on the table, (*) (*) (*)
They soon had a fiery talk: (*) (*) (*) (*)
Which way is more proper for lady— (*) (*) (*)
To fly on a broom or a fork?

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