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

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s “A Pirate Song”.

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B.
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B.

16*+4.
14*+4.
14*+2.
14*+4.

2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16-18-20.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16-18.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16-18.

(*) (*) There’s happed a riot on our ship, (*) (*) and gulls cry high above— (*) (*) (*) (*)
Today two scoundrels (*) (*) were hung on the yard-arm. (*) (*) (*) (*)
They got a good reward (*) (*) for their foul bluff, (*) (*)
Which brought to some of gentlemen (*) (*) as offense as harm. (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
b.
A.
b.

16*+4.
13*+1.
14*+4.
11+5.

2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16-18-20.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16-18.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.

We catch the fair wind (*) (*) (*) (*) with each one of our sails! (*) (*) (*) (*)
A rightful prize (*) (*) is any ship alone. (*)
Good luck is here, (*) (*) and we created this ourselves (*) (*) (*) (*)
By hoisting the black flag with skull and bones! (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.

15*+3.
10+2.
15*+3.
10+4.

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

The angry mob (*) (*) was moving forward from the bow— (*) (*) (*)
These gentlemen have forgotten about the word. (*) (*)
Some former friends (*) (*) locked one another in death struggle, (*) (*) (*)
And after that long knives began the world. (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
b.
A.
b.

16*+4.
13*+1.
14*+4.
11+5.

2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16-18-20.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16-18.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.

We catch the fair wind (*) (*) (*) (*) with each one of our sails! (*) (*) (*) (*)
A rightful prize (*) (*) is any ship alone. (*)
Good luck is here, (*) (*) and we created this ourselves (*) (*) (*) (*)
By hoisting the black flag with skull and bones! (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.

15*+3.
10+2.
15*+3.
10+2.

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

Two leaders cry, (*) (*) “It’s the right time to take the captain!” (*) (*) (*)
And they fear nor the Devil nor the Lord. (*) (*)
But in the face of their mob, (*) (*) our gallant captain (*) (*) (*)
Has thrown the last booty overboard! (*) (*)

A.
b.
A.
b.

14*+4.
13*+1.
14*+4.
11+3.

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

We catch the fair wind (*) (*) with each one of our sails! (*) (*) (*) (*)
A rightful prize (*) (*) is any ship alone. (*)
Good luck is here, (*) (*) and we created this ourselves (*) (*) (*) (*)
By hoisting the black flag with skull and bones! (*) (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.

15*+3.
10+2.
15*+3.
10.

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

Look ye and marvel (*) (*) as the gravestone-like mighty billow (*) (*) (*)
Is washing these troublemakers overboard! (*) (*)
Kill every one of their mob (*) (*) and do believe me— (*) (*) (*)
A perfect gentleman never breaks his word.

A.
b.
A.
b.

14*+4.
13*+1.
14*+4.
11.

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.
2-4-6-8-10.

We catch the fair wind (*) (*) with each one of our sails! (*) (*) (*) (*)
A rightful prize (*) (*) is any ship alone. (*)
Good luck is here, (*) (*) and we created this ourselves (*) (*) (*) (*)
By hoisting the black flag with skull and bones! (*) (*)

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