Tanaga

The tanaga is a Filipino verse form consisting of four lines with seven syllables each. The rhyme scheme is usually AABB, but ABAB, ABBA and others exist. They do not usually have titles because the tanaga should speak for itself. Most are handed down by oral history and contain frequent metaphors, proverbial forms, moral lessons, or snippets of a code of ethics.

Quatrain verse in Tagalog,
—Filipino analog—
Seven syllables per line
Vary in the way they rhyme.


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