Let’s keep these Poetic Form Fridays rolling with the tautogram!
The tautogram is best explained by its Greek root words of “tauto” meaning “the same” and “gramma” meaning “letter.” Basically, all words in the poem begin with the same letter.
So pick a letter–any letter–and get poeming!
Note: A variant form of this poem could employ a unique starting letter for each stanza.
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Here’s my attempt at a Tautogram:
Thoroughly Terse Tautogram, by Robert Lee Brewer
Twelve turkeys trekked through Turkey
to tell tales that tackled topsy-
turvy televangelists traipsing through
turnkey topics turned to tropics,
though ten teased topical tenets.
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He found using “t” gave him a little more flexibility with sounds. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.