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

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

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

(*) (*) For seven years (*) (*) our corsair (*) (*) sailed the seas, (*) (*) (*) (*)
And our banner (*) (*) hasn’t lost its colors. (*) (*) (*)
We’ve learned to fix (*) (*) the clipper sails (*) (*) in storm or breeze, (*) (*) (*) (*)
And plug (*) (*) with our bodies (*) (*) cracks and holes. (*) (*) (*)

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

We’ve met a squadron, (*) (*) and it’s firmly chasing us. (*) (*) (*) (*)
The sea is calm, (*) (*) the wind is intervening. (*) (*) (*)
But our captain (*) (*) said to us (*) (*) without fuss, (*) (*) (*) (*)
“It isn’t evening yet, (*) (*) it isn’t evening!” (*) (*) (*)

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

The flagship frigate took in sails and made a turn, (*) (*) (*) (*)
And then her portholes (*) (*) started spitting fire. (*) (*) (*)
We’re gunning back, (*) (*) and our balls have smashed her stern! (*) (*) (*) (*)
We hear shrieks of anguish, loud and dire! (*) (*) (*)

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

We’ve been through worse, (*) (*) and our fortune is still in; (*) (*) (*) (*)
But there is no wind, (*) (*) and holds are leaking. (*) (*) (*)
Yet our captain (*) (*) shouts above the hellish din, (*) (*) (*) (*)
“It isn’t evening yet, (*) (*) it isn’t evening!” (*) (*) (*)

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11+3.
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2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14.

Through mighty telescopes (*) (*) a hundred glaring eyes (*) (*)
Spy how we endure these deadly rallies; (*) (*) (*)
But no one (*) (*) will ever view us in the guise (*) (*)
Of slaves chained up to oars in navy galleys! (*) (*) (*)

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

They outnumber us, (*) (*) soon our ship may sink. (*) (*) (*) (*)
Save our souls! (*) (*) Make the chances even! (*) (*) (*)
But our captain (*) (*) doesn’t ever even blink! (*) (*) (*) (*)
“It isn’t evening yet, (*) (*) it isn’t evening!” (*) (*) (*)

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

He who is merry, (*) (*) who is brave, who isn’t heel— (*) (*) (*) (*)
Prepare your blades and handguns for infighting! (*) (*) (*)
But rats may quit the ship— (*) (*) it isn’t a big deal, (*) (*) (*) (*)
We don’t need them (*) (*) in the mortal fighting! (*) (*) (*)

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

And rats were praying doing jumping overboard, (*) (*) (*) (*)
“The Lord save us from bullets, balls and skinning!” (*) (*) (*)
While we were nearing the frigate board by board— (*) (*) (*) (*)
It isn’t evening yet, (*) (*) it isn’t evening! (*) (*) (*)

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

Knife knifing knife, (*) (*) face facing face, (*) (*) eye eyeing eye! (*) (*) (*) (*)
So that we wouldn’t be cut with lobsters’ nippers, (*) (*) (*)
Some in a rage, (*) (*) some in a fury, some in cry, (*) (*) (*) (*)
We were departing (*) (*) our sinking clipper. (*) (*) (*)

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

But our ship! (*) (*) They won’t sink her in the end— (*) (*) (*) (*)
The sea will keep her, (*) (*) she’ll prevent her sinking. (*) (*) (*)
Because the sea is our ever-loyal friend, (*) (*) (*) (*)
And it’s for certain true— (*) (*) it isn’t evening! (*) (*) (*)

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

Because the sea is our ever-loyal friend, (*) (*) (*) (*)
And it’s for certain true— (*) (*) it isn’t evening! (*) (*)

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