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

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Song “This night the sea cannot relax...”

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

(*) (*) This night the sea cannot relax, (*) (*) (*) (*)
A foam is floating in the air, (*) (*) (*)
And hitting rocks in wild attacks,
The waves are breaking their curved backs, (*) (*)
And, from a high, at this I stare. (*) (*) (*)

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2-4-6-8-10.
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I’m sorry for the dead at heart, (*) (*)
But take good care to keep apart. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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

The waves are furious and upset, (*) (*)
They wail with pain and indignation— (*) (*) (*)
They want to live but die instead,
It’s such a shame that they fall dead (*) (*)
When almost reach their destination! (*) (*) (*)

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

I’m sorry for the dead at heart, (*) (*)
But take good care to keep apart. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

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

The wind again assails and tears (*) (*) (*) (*)
The manes of foam with senseless ardor. (*) (*) (*)
This hurdle the waves will never clear—
A foot will slip, the horse will scream—
And with the white foam she’ll be covered. (*) (*) (*)

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

And some will mourn for her at heart, (*) (*)
But take good care to keep apart. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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

My turn will follow theirs, I know: (*) (*) (*) (*)
I’m being pushed towards the border. (*) (*) (*)
A presage lacerates my soul—
I’ll break my back close to my goal;
There’s someone who won’t stop at murder. (*) (*) (*)

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8+2.
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2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.

And some will mourn for me at heart, (*) (*)
But take good care to keep apart. (*) (*)

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8+4.
9+3.
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2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8-10-12.

A lot of people choose to stay (*) (*) (*) (*)
Upon the shore—they just grow older (*) (*) (*)
Intently studying the way
The others struggle in the surf play,
And break their backs and necks on boulders. (*) (*) (*)

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8+2.
8+4.

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

They’re sorry for the dead at heart, (*) (*)
But take good care to keep apart. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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8+4.
9+3.
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2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8-10-12.

But at the darkish ocean floor, (*) (*)
Where whales inhabit secret hollows, (*) (*) (*)
A monstrous billow will be born—
It’ll rise up and o’erspread the shore,
And the observers will be swallowed. (*) (*) (*)

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8+2.
8.

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

That time I’ll mourn for them at heart, (*) (*)
But take good care to keep apart. (*) (*)

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