One unique feature of that work is that a kanshi, a poem of shichigon zekku (a Japanese term for a heptasyllabic
quatrain each of seven Chinese characters) is placed after each Japanese poem (waka).
The game used two stanzas of regularized heptasyllabic
verse (qiyan [phrase omitted]), (17) transcribed in LMC in table 1.
The Libro de Alexandre and other thirteenth-century verse narratives of the mester follow the strict cuaderna via syllable counts of alexandrine verses of heptasyllabic
Lines ending in a feminine rime have eight syllables all together; in other words, they are heptasyllabic
according to the principles of Occitan prosody.
This is a controversial move, since, if the CPI, which has seven symbols in the first six segments/lines and five in the last, were a metered form composed of seven-syllable or heptasyllabic
lines in conformity with ancient Philippine poetic forms, the tendency would indeed be to maintain the symbol [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] as having a sound value.
As an ode, the poem employs rhyme and metrical schemes and a structure recognizably different from those of other poetic fixed forms: a free number of three-line strophes rhyming a b c, c d e, and so on (the rhymes are thus interlocking), the first two lines of each strophe in iambic heptasyllabic
meter (seven syllables alternating short, long, short, long, short, long, short), the third in iambic endecasyllabic (eleven-syllable) meter; the sixth syllable of the third line of each strophe--the precise midpoint of the line--rhymes with the penultimate syllable of the preceding line, and the seventh syllable with the final syllable of that line, thus creating an internal rhyme.
The ovillejo evolved in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, becoming essentially a silva of hendecasyllabic and heptasyllabic
lines, andas such was used by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz.
In fact, all but four of the 29 poems in Section A are written in alexandrines with flat rhyme (AABB ...): "Le Guitariste," heptasyllabic
lines in quatrains; "Au Laurier," three decasyllabic and one pentasyllabic line in each quatrain; "Consommation," alternate alexandrines and octosyllabic lines in flat rhyme; and "Les Demoiselles des chars," ten-line stanzas with three meters--8-12-10-12-8 8-8-12-8-12 and rhymed ABABC CDEDE (a strophic form of Banville's invention?).