Tautogram: Poetic Forms

Let’s keep these Poetic Form Fridays rolling with the tautogram!

Tautogram Poems

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.

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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.

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26 thoughts on “Tautogram: Poetic Forms

  1. Anthony94

    Storm

    sleet slams sashes
    slaps, slithers, snakes
    sideways, scratches

    sibilant Sssss
    some screeching stylus
    scribing
    storm’s syncopated script
    stertorious speechifying

    suddenly snow
    swathes swales
    such soothing
    softness
    sounds succumb

    silence

  2. rlk67

    Popular prompts proliferate, poetry pours,
    Pretty pleasant patterns permeate perceptive pores,
    Prevalent puzzling pages put people pitting,
    How do you say all of this without even spitting?

  3. KittyKitty Vunderbra

    Worsification—A Tautogram–Margaret Fiske 2-5-19

    We watched woebegone Winnifred Wong
    waltzing Wychbury Woodlands widdershins,
    whilst westerly williwaws wickedly whipped.
    “Who… wanders?” Winnifred warily whimpered.
    “Wild, whiskered, wenches,” we wisecracked.
    “Whosit?”
    “Wriggling Wormwood Wraiths.”
    “Wait, what ?”
    “We’re Werewolves!” we wailed.
    Winnifred winced, woozily wobbled, whizzed.
    Wielding Wessons, Wong went wildcat.
    Wanna wager who won?
    (Wink, wink).
    We wolfed Winnie-wurst wienies.

    –Margaret Fiske

  4. Jason L. Martin

    Lisa

    Love letters lose luster
    Like little light lanterns
    Living loudly lest lamenting
    Less. Lisa Loeb liked lively
    Licks. Luring, languishing
    Lotuses, letting loose love.

  5. Jane Shlensky

    Quick question. Does this form allow for articles, conjunctions, prepositions and ever-so-short connectors or must every word begin with the same letter?

    Pizza Delivery

    Shelley simpers seeing Steve
    standing stock still staring
    as she sidles so seductively.
    She sorts snappy segues,
    simulating sensuous smiles.
    Steve salutes, starving,
    as sundry savory sensations
    sweep Shelley aside.

  6. cmariee

    Gone

    Growing goes.
    Gains go God-willing
    Guaranteeing goodbyes.
    Goals, Groans, Gainless Goals.

    Generations, Gapping,
    Gripping, Grinding,
    Gulping, Gone.
    Good-bye growth,
    Guarded Goals.
    Guardians Gone.
    Go.

  7. connielpeters

    Pretty Picture

    Paul painted perfect pictures.
    Painting–Paul’s priority, passion, profit.
    Patient, proud, productive, purposeful Paul.
    Popular, pretty Patricia praised Paul.
    Paul painted Patricia pictures.
    Pampered Patricia.
    Patricia picked Paul.
    Practiced practical projects permanently.

  8. Jane Shlensky

    Case En Point

    Tina’s twinkling toes tingle, throb,
    too tired to tippy, too tasked to tap.
    The temptation to tipple tickles
    Tina’s thoughts, tiny twisted tricks
    to tease the temporary talent.
    The tried, true Troupers take time,
    test their timing, tip to their toes’
    tippiest twistiest tops.

  9. Darlene Franklin

    This was written as an Ae Freislighe, but it uses a lot of alliteration I will work on a true tautogram later.

    Teeming, twinkling, transcendent
    Life lingers on its travels
    Both tender and triumphant
    Teasing me with its tendrils

    Trust and try the Creator
    Touch and taste of His goodness
    I’m true treasures curator
    Thankful tunes tell the tale

  10. Darlene Franklin

    This was written as an Ae Freislighe, but it uses a lot of alliteration I will work on a true tautogram later.

    Teeming, twinkling, transcendent
    Life lingers on its travels
    Both tender and triumphant
    Teasing me with its tendrils

    Trust and try the Creator
    Touch and taste of His goodness
    I’m true treasures curator
    Thankful tunes tell the tale

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