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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.
New Ukip leader vows to fight ‘middle class’ Labour. By Henry Mance
is a cultural divide
in this country, thanks
Southern rail passengers look set to suffer worst disruption. By Robert Wright
it wants to bully
it doesn’t want to discuss
it wants to impose
Silicon Valley’s techies would make terrible politicians. By Jonathan Margolis
with odd to extreme traits have
since become the norm
Stephen Welton: the Business Growth Fund chief’s reading list. By Helen Barrett
Everyone tells me
that I should read business books
but I never do
Cove by Cynan Jones review — a lyrical, sparely written novel. By Lucy Popescu
has lost his paddles
he is injured and in pain
one arm is useless
Tony Blair plans his second coming. By Robert Shrimsley
jetting round the world
greasing up to dictators
and making millions
Cluelessness about class means we miss Brexit lessons. By Joan Williams
working class anger
as beneath our notice
at our peril
For more FT haiku go to www.ft.com/hidden-haiku