|The tanaga is a Filipino verse form consisting of four lines with seven syllables each. The rhyme scheme was originally AAAA, but today it can vary: AABB, 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,
Martial skewered many folks;
He observed she had four teeth,
He advised she cough at will