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

The Structure of the Song “A Farewell to the Mountains”.

A.
b.
A.
b.

15*+3.
16*+5.
15*+3.
16*+5.

3-6-9-12-15-18.
3-6-9-12-15-18-21.
3-6-9-12-15-18.
3-6-9-12-15-18-21.

(*) (*) (*) To the bustle of towns (*) (*) (*) and the noise of thronged streets (*) (*) (*)
We return—after all, (*) (*) (*) we have no other options! (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
We descend to the plain (*) (*) (*) from the won mountain peaks, (*) (*) (*)
Having left there our hearts, (*) (*) (*) overwhelmed with emotions. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.
B.

10+2.
9+3.
10+2.
9+3.
9+6.

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

There’s no reason nor use to be doubting! (*) (*)
I’ve proven it to myself many times— (*) (*) (*)
But one thing is more excellent than mountains, (*) (*)
It’s the mountains ye haven’t as yet climbed, (*) (*) (*)
It’s the mountains ye haven’t as yet climbed. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
b.
A.
b.

15*+3.
16*+5.
15*+3.
16*+5.

3-6-9-12-15-18.
3-6-9-12-15-18-21.
3-6-9-12-15-18.
3-6-9-12-15-18-21.

But who’d want to be left (*) (*) (*) all alone in a mix? (*) (*) (*)
But who’d want to resist (*) (*) (*) his innate inclination? (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
Yet we have to descend (*) (*) (*) from the won mountain peaks, (*) (*) (*)
And they say even gods (*) (*) (*) would descend on occasion. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.
B.

10+2.
9+3.
10+2.
9+3.
9+6.

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

There’s no reason nor use to be doubting! (*) (*)
I’ve proven it to myself many times— (*) (*) (*)
But one thing is more excellent than mountains, (*) (*)
It’s the mountains ye haven’t as yet climbed, (*) (*) (*)
It’s the mountains ye haven’t as yet climbed. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
b.
A.
b.

15*+3.
16*+5.
15*+3.
16*+5.

3-6-9-12-15-18.
3-6-9-12-15-18-21.
3-6-9-12-15-18.
3-6-9-12-15-18-21.

Many beautiful dreams, (*) (*) (*) many songs, words of love, (*) (*) (*)
Mountains rouse in us, (*) (*) (*) and call us to remain here. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
But we have to return, (*) (*) (*) for a year or for life— (*) (*) (*)
We descend to the plain, (*) (*) (*) seized forever with craving. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.
B.

10+2.
9+3.
10+2.
9+3.
9.

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

There’s no reason nor use to be doubting! (*) (*)
I’ve proven it to myself many times— (*) (*) (*)
But one thing is more excellent than mountains, (*) (*)
It’s the mountains one hasn’t ever climbed, (*) (*) (*)
It’s the mountains one hasn’t ever climbed. (*) (*) (*)

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