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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.
King Lear, Old Vic, London — ‘Glenda Jackson is immensely poignant’. By Sarah Hemming
frail and ferocious
she brings Lear to life wearing
just a cardigan
Every century has a Martin Luther of its own. By Frederick Studemann
whose writings would split a church
and a continent
Cemetery of Splendour — DVD review. By Harriet Fitch Little
Recall His Past Lives
builds worlds where dreams and magic
slide in unnoticed
Fears over US election spur investors’ dash for cash. By Adam Samson, Joe Rennison and Eric Platt
what we are seeing
is the manifestation
Nrityagram Ensemble, White Light Festival, New York — ‘Enthralling’. By Apollinaire Scherr
art born in temples
where spiritual worship
risk is being shamed
and shame isn’t dilutive
to earnings per share
Haiti looks to local resources after hurricane aid falls short. By Jude Webber
He is up early
hammering salvaged metal
to a makeshift frame
For more FT haiku go to www.ft.com/hidden-haiku