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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.
There are a surprising number of these poetic forms 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.
How to stop players’ grunting and fist pumping at Wimbledon. By David Tang
A Giant’s Causeway
of bad teeth and a slimy
tongue twisting inside
Women do not win when women lead. By Gill Plimmer
Women at the top
will blaze a trail for our
daughters to follow
Anxious relatives await fate of troops caught up in Turkish coup. Laura Pitel in Istanbul
Waved back helplessly
trapped behind a barrier
British by design: the red phone box. By Edwin Heathcote
Collage of cards stuck
to the glass advertising
Erdogan claims Turkey coup is crushed. By Mehul Srivastava, Laura Pitel, David O’Byrne, Erika Solomon, Funja Guler, Demetri Sevastopulo
The sound of gunshots
explosions and the sonic
boom of fighter jets
Lunch with the FT: Eddie Jones. By Leo Lewis
dark wood tables and heavy
copper side dishes
‘The Girls’, by Emma Cline. By Alex Preston
Men preying upon
women who are conditioned
to offer themselves
For more FT haiku go to www.ft.com/hidden-haiku