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

The Structure of Vysotsky’s Song “In the beginning was the Word...”

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B.
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B.

8+2.
8+4.
8+2.
8+4.

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

(*) (*) In the beginning was the Word, (*) (*)
The Word of bitter grief and pang... (*) (*) (*) (*)
Thereafter was the islands’ birth, (*) (*)
And they abandoned the Mainland. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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B.
A.
B.

8.
10+2.
8+2.
10+4.

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

They travelled about without freight
Through many thousands of miles and years, (*) (*)
And every island changed its face, (*) (*)
But kept the law and honor of the Earth. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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B.
A.
B.

8+2.
8+4.
8+2.
8+4.

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

In the beginning was the Word, (*) (*)
The Word of bitter grief and pang... (*) (*) (*) (*)
Thereafter was the sailors’ birth, (*) (*)
And they abandoned the Mainland. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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B.
A.
B.

8+2.
10+4.
8+2.
10+4.

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

The Shore holds them as sure as safe, (*) (*)
And they’ll for certain come back to the Earth— (*) (*) (*) (*)
They keep the rigorous ship-shape, (*) (*)
They keep the law and honor of the Earth. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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B.
A.
B.

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

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

My stand is novel, in science quite unheard, (*) (*)
It’s rather brave and free of any heed— (*) (*) (*) (*)
The Word that was in the beginning of this world
Just couldn’t be another word than “sea”! (*) (*)

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