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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.

Week Ahead Markets Diary: Fed chair Yellen delivers testimony. By Mamta Badkar in New York

Weeks of campaigning
and market anxiety
investors await

Why I believe Britain belongs in Europe. By Martin Wolf

Nobody can fail
to recognise the profound
distrust of elites

Pound takes breather after big jump. By Peter Wells and Dan McCrum.

The Financial Times
poll of polls has the contest
evenly balanced

America fears effect of Brexit way beyond Britain. By Philip Gordon

Is obviously
appropriate for British
voters to think first

Brexit response unit activated. Edited by Harriet Agnew

Rather like being
a doctor in the Black Death
you’re very busy

Sterling volatility hits record high as polls open. By Joel Lewin

Polls open to rain
drenched pen/pencil-wielding Brits
referendum nerves

EU referendum: a trader’s checklist. By Roger Blitz and Michael Mackenzie

Currencies are poised
for action in the early
hours of Friday

Pound hits 30-year low, FTSE 100 sinks 9% as UK votes for Brexit. By Roger Blitz and Leo Lewis

Investors took fright
at Britain’s shock decision
to leave the EU

So, now what? Post-Brexit market thoughts. By Katie Martin

Nothing but questions
and uncertainty as far
as the eye can see

Brussels Briefing: what now? By Duncan Robinson

Triumphant flourish
as the plates and glasses come
flying to the ground

Journalists such as Boris Johnson don’t make good prime ministers. By Alan Beattie

Written on deadline
by someone way off his beat
and out of his depth

Conservative leadership contest next steps. By Kate Allen

Mr Fox leaving
Mr Cameron to take
on David Davis

Intrigue and betrayal stalk UK’s corridors of power. By George Parker and Alex Barker

By ambition blood
or lust like diamonds we are
cut with our own

For more FT haiku go to ft.com/hiddenhaiku

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