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Haiku are an ancient form of Japanese poetry that have recently become popular in English. By analysing the articles the Financial Times publishes every day with a computer programme, we have unearthed some accidental but powerful haiku.
The poems follow the form and style of a traditional Japanese haiku — typically a three-line observation about a fleeting moment involving nature with 17 syllables arranged in a 5-7-5 pattern.
A surprising number of these poetic forms are buried inside the hundreds of articles the FT publishes every day, from stories as diverse as the columns of Martin Wolf to the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff and news and reaction to the UK’s vote to leave the EU.
Over the coming weeks we will share these haiku on FT.com and social media. We will also be encouraging readers to share their feedback.
Guest post: Dogs not Barking. By Peter Doyle
Messrs Rees-Mogg Hague
and the Prime Minister all
The rise of the silver slotter. By Gillian Tett
to the world around
The winter of culinary content. By Nilanjana Roy
and as unavoidable
as chipped crockery
Marc Almond: ‘What have I become?’. By Ludovic Hunter-Tilney
encased in bangles
and studded leather bracelets
eyes outlined with kohl
The Remainers’ role is to act as the loyal opposition. By Martin Wolf
is not undemocratic
still less treasonous
Birdwatching with Margaret Atwood. By Anita Sethi
writing too displays
a great sensitivity
to the play of light
Payments: interloping antelope. By Lex
a better carrot
and a bigger stick
For more FT haiku go to www.ft.com/hidden-haiku