Whittled Words – Tautogram Poem

I’ve heard of this kind of poetry before and even dabbled in it before, but we called it something else…I can’t remember.
Will probably be seeing some of this from me!


Welcome to the weekly series, Whittled Words. A series highlighting the innumerable types and styles of poetry to challenge any creative wordsmith. This week’s selection:


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.

Examples of Tautogram Poems:



by Candy


Crazy cat, cute, cuddly
Curiosity caused confusion
Candle collapsed
Charred carpet
Clear conclusion
Crazy cat cellar confined


By Taylor Graham

One owl on old oak
opens ocular orbs, observes,
offers obverse oratory:
ooooh – ooh ooh – ooooh.
Ode, omen or oracle?
Only one owl.


By Walter J. Wojtanik

Fake friends find forever fleeting,
Falling, failing…

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