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.
Owen Smith enters race for Labour leadership. By Jim Pickard
with pacifism captured
the hearts of many
FT Alphaville further reading. By David Keohane
Crowds aren’t as smart
as we thought since some people
know more than others
Douglas Coupland’s Observations: Darnac. By Douglas Coupland
On the canals thugs
on jet skis zigzag along
spraying the clueless
Africa’s population boom is both danger and opportunity. By David Pilling
Get it wrong and mass
and conflict beckon
Libor trial lessons on dealing with a bullying, dishonest boss. By Michael Skapinker
A decade ago
the accused sat in the glass
dock half listening
Head slapping Benny Hill-style is a nuisance. By Lucy Kellaway
Telling you again
now in front of everyone
to stop doing it
Outgoing Swiss Re chief urges caution on cyber warfare costs. By Ralph Atkins
We cannot simply
wait until everybody
reaches middle class
For more FT haiku go to www.ft.com/hidden-haiku