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

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Poem “I didn’t know him nor did him a bad turn...”

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

I didn’t know him nor did him a bad turn, (*) (*)
And it occurred because of a mistake: (*) (*) (*) (*)
My age was only seventeen years old, (*) (*)
When one of them killed me in that gateway. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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

Like a good friend, he grinned without a trick, (*) (*)
As if he had no disposition to fight, (*) (*) (*) (*)
And gave me his right hand for shaking it, (*) (*)
Whereas in his left one, there was a knife. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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

There’s no thy fault, and so don’t thou wail, (*) (*)
He cheated me with his kind look and grin. (*) (*) (*) (*)
I see a ray which came to the gateway (*) (*)
And cloaked itself behind the slop waste-bin...

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