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

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Song “About Love in the Middle Ages”.

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14+2.
12+2.
8+2.
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12*+2.
8+2.
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12*+2.

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

(*) (*) I slew a hundred Saracens to glorify my dame— (*) (*)
A hundred ones lost their lives in her blessed name. (*) (*)
But our crafty liege the king (*) (*)
started a tournament for me.
I hate all known kings— (*) (*) that’s not the game! (*) (*)
But our crafty liege the king (*) (*)
started a tournament for me.
I hate all known kings— (*) (*) that’s not the game! (*) (*)

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

My stern opponent is a Round Table knight, (*) (*)
His Kingship hopes that he’ll o’ercome me with his might. (*) (*)
My armor shines, I grip my lance, (*) (*)
she casts at me admiring glance—
Today I’ll laugh (*) (*) o’er that nonstarter’s right! (*) (*)
My armor shines, I grip my lance, (*) (*)
she casts at me admiring glance—
Today I’ll laugh (*) (*) o’er that nonstarter’s right! (*) (*) (*) (*)

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12+2.
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8+2.
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8+2.
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12*+4.

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

His coat of arms displays the block and gallows pole— (*) (*)
There with my lance I’m gonna make a round hole. (*) (*)
As he’s in favor with the king, (*) (*)
one day he ought to pay this thing.
I don’t care (*) (*) for the king alone! (*) (*)
As he’s in favor with the king, (*) (*)
one day he ought to pay this thing.
I don’t care (*) (*) for the king alone! (*) (*) (*) (*)

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12+2.
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8+2.
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12*+2.

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

His Kingship said, “To beat you won’t hard for him!” (*) (*)
“Repose in peace, brave knight,” he added with a grin. (*) (*)
I ought to sink into the grave (*) (*)
in order that he wed my dame—
Forgive me, God, (*) (*) but I despise the king! (*) (*)
I ought to sink into the grave (*) (*)
in order that he wed my dame—
Forgive me, God, (*) (*) but I despise the king! (*) (*)

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12+2.
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8+2.
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12*+4.

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

The sign is given, so we’re rushing for to meet— (*) (*)
The beaten earth is quaking under our steeds. (*) (*)
Beyond all doubt, it’ll be— (*) (*)
my goddess will belong to me.
Today I don’t think (*) (*) about the kings! (*) (*)
Beyond all doubt, it’ll be— (*) (*)
my goddess will belong to me.
Today I don’t think (*) (*) about the kings! (*) (*) (*) (*)

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

That’s quite alright— (*) (*) my stubborn foe has a rest. (*) (*)
He was a trustworthy king’s friend— (*) (*) true even to death. (*) (*)
His Kingship has become enraged, (*) (*)
but my success can’t be unmade. (*) (*)
It doesn’t matter (*) (*) what’s in the king’s chest! (*) (*)
His Kingship has become enraged, (*) (*)
but my success can’t be unmade. (*) (*)
It doesn’t matter (*) (*) what’s in the king’s chest! (*) (*) (*) (*)

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12+2.
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12*.

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

...But there was no happy end with wedding rings: (*) (*)
The king again sent me to take the field o’erseas. (*) (*)
I couldn’t find a way to fight
because of he was in his right— (*) (*)
It seems we ought to care (*) (*) for the kings! (*) (*)
I couldn’t find a way to fight
because of he was in his right— (*) (*)
It seems we ought to care (*) (*) for the kings! (*) (*)

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