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

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Song “Catherine”.

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2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16-18.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.

(*) (*) Give me a glance! (*) (*) My heart is broken, dear Catherine— (*) (*)
By your light step, (*) (*) your laughter, and your eyes. (*) (*) (*) (*)
Ye’re so beautiful, what’s yours is pretty everything— (*) (*)
But costly dresses (*) (*) would increase your price. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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13+3.
12*+4.
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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’ll buy you any fancy gowns, and hats, and roses, (*) (*) (*)
And real gems, (*) (*) and everything ye want! (*) (*) (*) (*)
I promise you that ye’ll look better than Dolores, (*) (*) (*)
Whom I did in, (*) (*) and who was so hot... (*) (*) (*) (*)

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B.

13+3.
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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.

Do trust me Catherine, that like an o’erfilled river (*) (*) (*)
Our joyful life (*) (*) will flow forth and forth. (*) (*) (*) (*)
At any price I’ll make you happy, O my dear, (*) (*) (*)
And not each year (*) (*) I do in my girls. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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B.
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13+3.
12*+4.
13+3.
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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.

My dear Catherine, give up ye any doubt— (*) (*) (*)
An honest heart (*) (*) is throbbing in my chest. (*) (*) (*) (*)
Let’s take a sledge, it’s the right time for riding out! (*) (*) (*)
Let’s go, baby! (*) (*) Later ye’ll be dead... (*) (*)

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