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

The Structure of the Poem “I pass dames neither silently nor easy”

a.
a.
B.
B.

11+1.
11+3.
8+2.
8+4.

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

I pass dames neither silently nor easy, (*)
And here’s a tale about the Old Vixen— (*) (*) (*)
About her twig broom and tricks, (*) (*)
What didn’t happen and what did. (*) (*) (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.

9+3.
6+4.
9+3.
6.

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

She lures up passers in deep water, (*) (*) (*)
Especially young females, (*) (*) (*) (*)
She quietly drives her hellish mortar, (*) (*) (*)
And skillfully fouls the trails...

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