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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.
Celebration and controversy as the National Parks Service hits 100. By Henry Shukman
An hour later
and a thousand feet lower
we found ourselves
Eimear McBride: leaving home. By Eimear McBride
so wild and so young
I began to uncover
Star Trek at 50: still an idealistic Enterprise? By Peter Aspden
acquired through strife
debate and meticulous
UBS Wealth looks on 'bright side of Brexit'. By Katie Martin
robbery turns out
to be a misunderstood
Review — Thomas Rid's ‘The Rise of the Machines’. By John Thornhill
tale of the golem
a shapeless clay figure brought
to life by humans
Julieta — film review: ‘Complex, gorgeously styled’. By Nigel Andrews
rhymes with the image
still fresh in our mind’s eyes
of a stag bounding
Training lessons from the Book of Corbyn. By Robert Shrimsley
north with a great and righteous
fury to explain
For more FT haiku go to www.ft.com/hidden-haiku
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