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

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Poem “Today I’m calm because He told me everything...”

A*.
A*.
b*.
b*.

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

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

Today I’m calm because He told me everything. (*) (*)
He charged me not to cover from Him anything. (*) (*)
And I’ll name names of those who maltreated me— (*) (*)
He Whom I serve will certainly rise to plead for me. (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
A.
b.
b.
c.
c.

10+2.
10+2.
11+1.
11+3.
13*+3.
11+3.

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

But I don’t know what He’ll do for it— (*) (*)
There may be even a stab under the rib, (*) (*)
Or, maybe, they’ll till death be all abroad, (*)
Or they’ll be celled, deposed or dishonored... (*) (*) (*)
When will it happen? (*) (*) I can’t tell you about— (*) (*) (*)
It may be done o’er several years or now... (*) (*) (*)

A.
A.
b.
b.

10+2.
10+4.
13*+1.
11.

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

They’ll never pass their fate at any speed, (*) (*)
As well as round it or leak through it. (*) (*) (*) (*)
But as for me, (*) (*) I’m calm and it’ll be so (*)
In case of any cursed way they’ll go.

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