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

The Structure of the Song “The Dark”.

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b.
A.
b.

12*+3.
10+2.
9+3.
10*+2.

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

(*) (*) (*) Think ye well, (*) (*) (*) there’s the dark on your way! (*) (*) (*)
Look, the sunset is heavily reddening. (*) (*)
There are contrary winds and slant rains, (*) (*) (*)
There all courses (*) (*) (*) look threatening. (*) (*)

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A.
b.
A.
b.
C.

6.
6.
10+2.
15*+3.
10*+2.
3+9.

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

There the language is brute
And the gossip is rude,
There encounters are hardly advisable (*) (*)
In the land where the grass (*) (*) (*) has burnt down to the root (*) (*) (*)
And footprints (*) (*) (*) aren’t cognizable— (*) (*)
In the dark. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

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b.
A.
b.

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

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

Combats test the people’s steadfastness there, (*) (*) (*)
’Midst the mist and ungovernable tempests. (*) (*)
Hearts often stumble, abruptly ensnared (*) (*) (*)
In obscure, (*) (*) (*) uncontrollable tempos. (*) (*)

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A.
b.
A.
b.
C.

6.
6.
10+2.
15*+3.
10*+2.
3+9.

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

There the language is brute
And the gossip is rude,
There encounters are hardly advisable (*) (*)
In the land where the grass (*) (*) (*) has burnt down to the root (*) (*) (*)
And footprints (*) (*) (*) aren’t cognizable— (*) (*)
In the dark. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
b.
A.
b.

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

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

There as sounds as colors are stark, (*) (*) (*)
But to choose something else is impossible. (*) (*)
They’re awaiting my aid in the dark! (*) (*) (*)
While there’s life, (*) (*) (*) all is possible. (*) (*)

A.
A.
b.
A.
b.
C.

6.
6.
10+2.
15*+3.
10*+2.
3.

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

There the language is brute
And the gossip is rude,
There encounters are hardly advisable (*) (*)
In the land where the grass (*) (*) (*) has burnt down to the root (*) (*) (*)
And footprints (*) (*) (*) aren’t cognizable— (*) (*)
In the dark. (*) (*) (*)

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