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

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Poem “We’re horses, tried in battles for centuries...”

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b.
b.
a.

9+3.
9+3.
9+3.
9+3.

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

We’re horses, tried in battles for centuries, (*) (*) (*)
We carried noble defeaters, (*) (*) (*)
And our portraits are depicted (*) (*) (*)
By many famous icon-painters. (*) (*) (*)

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b.
a.
b.

9+1.
9+3.
13*+3.
11*.

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

A lot of officers and soldiers (*)
Gave us their care and affection. (*) (*) (*)
And once (*) (*) Caligula (*) (*) was brought forth (*) (*) (*)
By one of us, (*) (*) the most senseless.

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