The Rhythmic Structure of Poems and Songs on Vladimir Vysotsky.

The Structure of Nikita Vysotsky’s Poem “There are no prophets in my own land...”

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10+2.
11+3.
12*+2.
11+5.

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

There are no prophets in my own land, (*) (*)
And presently the conscience has forsaken it. (*) (*) (*)
In place of him, (*) (*) no one is able to stand, (*) (*)
And one may hope to live without vexations. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

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10+2.
11+3.
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11+5.

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

But his voice rang and but his playing belled (*) (*)
In such a way that hearts and souls answered. (*) (*) (*)
He often wore his fingers till they bled, (*) (*)
To force us to start mounting Jacob’s dancers. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

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10+2.
11+3.
10+2.
11+5.

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

He hasn’t told us all what with his beat throbbed (*) (*)
And sounded unrelievedly in his soul. (*) (*) (*)
No wonder that his bleeding heart has stopped— (*) (*)
For many years he had no day to loaf. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

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10+2.
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14*+2.
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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.

Our bard won’t mount the platform any more, (*) (*)
So simple and in addition so adequately... (*) (*) (*)
Has died he? (*) (*) Yes. (*) (*) However he performs, (*) (*)
And we live purposefully and discreetly.

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