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

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Song “Man Overboard”.

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b.
A.
b.

10+2.
11+3.
10+2.
13*+2.

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

(*) (*) The rugged wind with hellish screeches sang— (*) (*)
The seamen couldn’t wait for any pardon. (*) (*) (*)
The ropes tore the skin on palms and—bang!— (*) (*)
“Man overboard!”— (*) (*) they heard all of a sudden. (*) (*)

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B.
a.
B.

12+2.
9+3.
10+2.
9+2.

1-3-5-7-9-11-13.
1-3-5-7-9-11.
1-3-5-7-9-11.
1-3-5-7-9-11.

And at once— (*) “Full astern! (*) Boat in water!”— (*) (*)
The strict skipper (*) was (brief in his speech). (*) (*) (*)
“Rescue that (*) good-for-(nothing bitch’s daugh)ter (*) (*)
Or, perhaps, (*) witless (son of a bitch)!” (*) (*)

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b.
A.
b.

10+2.
11+3.
10+2.
11+2.

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

Life on the Land is opposite, I guess— (*) (*)
To be alone in any plight I’m bound. (*) (*) (*)
The landsmen won’t save me from a mess, (*) (*)
And sirens of alarm will never sound. (*) (*)

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B.
a.
B.

10+2.
9+3.
10+2.
9+2.

1-3-5-7-9-11.
1-3-5-7-9-11.
1-3-5-7-9-11.
1-3-5-7-9-11.

With no one’s aid (*) my (woe will less)en, (*) (*)
But, instead, (*) they’ll as(sert they’re right). (*) (*) (*)
And I’ll hear, (*) “We’ll (teach you a les)son! (*) (*)
Ye yourself (*) must get (rid of your plight)!” (*) (*)

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b.
A.
b.

10+2.
11+3.
10+2.
11+2.

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

My former team will leave me far behind. (*) (*)
I’d want them to become a little better... (*) (*) (*)
Man overboard is what they’ll never mind, (*) (*)
For none of them his woe is a question. (*) (*)

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B.
a.
B.

10+2.
9+3.
10+2.
9+2.

1-3-5-7-9-11.
1-3-5-7-9-11.
1-3-5-7-9-11.
1-3-5-7-9-11.

They’ll rush on, (*) so con(tent, so concei)ted, (*) (*)
On the way (*) that’s so (lit and so broad)(*) (*) (*)
It’s quite right (*) that non(starters defea)ted (*) (*)
Are intended (*) to (stay overboard)! (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
b.
A.
b.

10+2.
11+3.
10+2.
11+2.

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

I wish the storm to sweep me to the Sea— (*) (*)
High waves and winds will greet me on arrival. (*) (*) (*)
Then there will be sent a boat for me, (*) (*)
And thus I’ll get good chances for survival. (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.

10+2.
9+3.
10+2.
7+2.

1-3-5-7-9-11.
1-3-5-7-9-11.
1-3-5-7-9-11.
1-3-5-7.

Then they’ll pull me (*) with (hooks by my ro)be— (*) (*)
Odds for saving (*) your (garments increase)(*) (*) (*)
And the boat board, (*) e(xactly like ho)pe, (*) (*)
With all (strength of myself will I seize)! (*) (*)

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b.
A.
b.

10+2.
11+3.
10+2.
11+2.

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

So I’m on board, the ship is on the course. (*) (*)
Folks hand me weeds and hearts of their own. (*) (*) (*)
And if once more I go to the worse— (*) (*)
A life-buoy by these seamen will be thrown. (*) (*)

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B.
a.
B.

10+2.
9+3.
8+2.
7.

1-3-5-7-9-11.
1-3-5-7-9-11.
1-3-5-7-9.
1-3-5-7.

There storms (*) happen (all year ro)und, (*) (*)
And the seamen (*) keep (watches and ward)... (*) (*) (*)
But they’ll (never let someone be dro)wned (*) (*)
In the (case he’ll be washed overboard)!

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