The Rhythmic Structure of Poems and Songs on Vladimir Vysotsky.

The Structure of Anatoly Zhigulin’s Poem “Like a wolf, I’m surrounded with flags...”

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b.
A.
b.

9+3.
10+5.
9+3.
10+5.

3-6-9-12.
3-6-9-12-15.
3-6-9-12.
3-6-9-12-15.

Like a wolf, I’m surrounded with flags, (*) (*) (*)
And driven into the cold and deep rupture. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
And the yellowish flame of the crack (*) (*) (*)
Has lit up the dark shapes of the hunters. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.

10+2.
9+6.
10+2.
9+6.

3-6-9-12.
3-6-9-12-15.
3-6-9-12.
3-6-9-12-15.

One won’t state that I’m dull or neglectful, (*) (*)
And I’m sad for my song in the past. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
But my lot is eternal and excellent— (*) (*)
All the same, I will shoulder my path. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
b.
A.
b.

9+3.
10+5.
9+3.
10.

3-6-9-12.
3-6-9-12-15.
3-6-9-12.
3-6-9.

There a hunter is raising his gun, (*) (*) (*)
His wet face is excited and mirthful... (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
Who’s afraid of the regular gun? (*) (*) (*)
The gun ball can’t take life of a person.

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