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The awit (Tagalog for "song"[1]) is a type of Filipino poem, consisting of 12-syllable quatrains. It follows the pattern of rhyming stanzas established in the Philippine epic Pasyon. It is similar in form to the corrido.[2]

One influential work in the awit form is Florante at Laura, an 1838 narrative poem by Francisco Balagtas.[3]


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  3. Herbert, Patricia (1989). South-East Asia: Languages and Literatures: a Select Guide. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 9780824812676. Retrieved on August 10, 2016.