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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.
Critics of Facebook should be careful what they wish for. By Kadhim Shubber
have done nothing more
and claimed to do nothing more
than express my views
Centrica warns over government intervention on UK energy bills. By Jim Pickard
it was bewildered
by the interpretation
of its own report
New Zealand rocked by aftershocks after 7.8-magnitude earthquake. By Jamie Smyth and wire services
and I think people
are trying to go to sleep
the same as I am
Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize 2016 launch: your chance to be published. By Hedley Twidle
its thunderous sound
from where I camped boulders stirred
on the ocean bed
on the prowl for prey
is all gratification
HyperNormalisation — Trump and Assad star in a messy documentary. By Martin Hoyle
a more simplified
and often completely fake
version of the world
Prepare for a reversal of monetary rule under President Trump. By Gillian Tett
knitted together only
For more FT haiku go to www.ft.com/hidden-haiku
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