I’ve been wanting to try my hand at writing a tautogram poem for a couple of months. I first learned about this style of poem thanks to the Nobel laureate of WordPress, Brad Osborne.
Brad is a talented writer and poet, somehow managing to come up with an original poem every day and share his works of art at his web site, commonsensiblyspeaking.
One of the features of Brad’s web site that I look forward to is Whittled Words every Friday. In this weekly series, Brad introduces a different style of poem, explaining the structure and rhyming scheme of each one. He then shares a few examples of that style of poem in action, before closing with his own creation, which is always better than the examples.
So it was that a few weeks ago Brad introduced tautogram poems. A tautogram poem 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.
Compared to other forms of poetry, this one seemed a bit easier.
As it turned out, it wasn’t so easy, but I managed to come up with something.
I now have even more respect for what Brade is able to do, every day…
Without further ado, here is my tautogram…
Jurors judging Jim
Jim jokes, jabbers
Jury jails Jim
*no relation to the author. Jackass Jim jabbers. Jim the author blathers…