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

The Structure of the Poem “There’s only ice above me and below...”

a.
B.
a.
B.

13*+3.
14*+4.
13*+1.
14*+4.

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

There’s only ice (*) (*) above me and below, (*) (*) (*)
And what have I to break— (*) (*) the bottom or the top? (*) (*) (*) (*)
Forget thy fears, (*) (*) I’ll go up with the hope (*)
On our meeting, (*) (*) and of course my further job. (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
B.
A.
B.

12*+4.
12+4.
10+2.
12+4.

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

Ice of the top, (*) (*) do crack and come apart! (*) (*) (*) (*)
I sweat for like a tiller in the harvest time. (*) (*) (*) (*)
And I’ll for sure come back to thee, my love, (*) (*)
Just as I wrote of in that sea song of mine. (*) (*) (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.

13*+3.
12+4.
11+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.
2-4-6-8-10-12.

My age is young— (*) (*) I’ve crossed my forties slightly. (*) (*) (*)
I’m saved by God and for twelve years by thee, my wife. (*) (*) (*) (*)
I’ve gotten what to sing to the Almighty, (*) (*) (*)
And I believe my songs will justify my life.

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