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

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Song “To My Friends”.

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B.

13+3.
12+4.
13+3.
12+4.

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

(*) (*) I haven’t found what is worthy on the Dry Land— (*) (*) (*)
Here any action is but a striving after wind. (*) (*) (*) (*)
And I’m agreed that everybody is an island— (*) (*) (*)
Then it’ll be right to leave the Dry Land for the Sea. (*) (*) (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.

13+3.
12+4.
13+3.
12+4.

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

So in despite of all my cares and affairs, (*) (*) (*)
And notwithstanding of the Dry Land’s tricks and shifts, (*) (*) (*) (*)
Take up me out to the Sea, O dear sailors— (*) (*) (*)
My hearted dream is to keep watches on a ship! (*) (*) (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.

13+3.
12+4.
13+3.
12+4.

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

All those who are on the Dry Land love but gold, (*) (*) (*)
The way they walk is lighted up by its dim light. (*) (*) (*) (*)
And there are sailors on the Sea Enormous Scope— (*) (*) (*)
The plucky ones who spend their time in the sunlight. (*) (*) (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.

13+3.
12+4.
13+3.
12+4.

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

So in despite of all my cares and affairs, (*) (*) (*)
And notwithstanding of the Dry Land’s tricks and shifts, (*) (*) (*) (*)
Take up me out to the Sea, O dear sailors— (*) (*) (*)
My hearted dream is to keep watches on a ship! (*) (*) (*) (*)

A*.
B.
A*.
B.

12+2.
12+4.
12+2.
12+4.

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

Ye know well that two can do what can’t do one, (*) (*)
And always have a proper guerdon for their work; (*) (*) (*) (*)
That good and bad which comes to them they part in half— (*) (*)
I will agree on any hard and painful work! (*) (*) (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.

13+3.
12+4.
13+3.
12.

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

So in despite of all my cares and affairs, (*) (*) (*)
And notwithstanding of the Dry Land’s tricks and shifts, (*) (*) (*) (*)
Take up me out to the Sea, O dear sailors— (*) (*) (*)
My hearted dream is to keep watches on a ship! (*) (*)

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