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

The Structure of the Song “A Day”.

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8+2.
4+4.
8+2.
4+4.
8+2.
4+4.
8+2.
4+4.

2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8.

(*) (*) Well, now my hands don’t shake at all, (*) (*)
So I’ll move on! (*) (*) (*) (*)
Into the precipice for all (*) (*)
My fears have gone. (*) (*) (*) (*)
I have no reason for a halt (*) (*)
Nor for a break, (*) (*) (*) (*)
There are no tops in the whole world (*) (*)
That I can’t take! (*) (*) (*) (*)

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B.
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B.
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C.
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8+2.
4+4.
8+2.
4+4.
8+2.
4+4.
8+2.
4+4.

2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8.

One of the honorary lots (*) (*)
Is only mine, (*) (*) (*) (*)
One of the very high world’s tops (*) (*)
I’ll reach with time. (*) (*) (*) (*)
I’m treading in the steps of Men (*) (*)
That here fought, (*) (*) (*) (*)
To bring this pathway to its end (*) (*)
Is what I want. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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B.
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B.
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C.
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8+2.
4+4.
8+2.
4+4.
8+2.
4+4.
8+2.
4+4.

2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8.

All my offenses and mistakes (*) (*)
I’ve left behind— (*) (*) (*) (*)
I’m filling in a new blank page (*) (*)
Of my new life. (*) (*) (*) (*)
Above eagles’ aeries and cloud herds (*) (*)
My top is seen, (*) (*) (*) (*)
And I believe that snows and words (*) (*)
Are always clean! (*) (*) (*) (*)

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B.
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B.
C.
D.
C.
D.

8+2.
4+4.
8+2.
4+4.
8+2.
4+4.
8+2.
4.

2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4.

And let the years pass away— (*) (*)
Until I die, (*) (*) (*) (*)
I will advance toward my aim (*) (*)
In rain or shine. (*) (*) (*) (*)
That day the water breathed to me, (*) (*)
“Wish thee the best!..” (*) (*) (*) (*)
It was, when this occurred to be, (*) (*)
A Wednesday, yes... (*) (*)

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