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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.
trumpet lines rummaged
in dense harmonic structures
breathy sustains slurred
His dead-eyed gaze sees
lost limbs as mere detritus
scattered here and there
Cryogenics case shows our laws are lagging behind science. By Anjana Ahuja
frozen after death
so that she could be revived
if a cure is found
Film review: Your Name — ‘Beyond gorgeous’. By Danny Leigh
from their slow realisation
of the dreadful truth
China’s linguistic shift to socialism with gay characteristics. By Richard McGregor
a pupil does not dare call
a teacher comrade
Facebook and the manufacture of consent. By Izabella Kaminska
a single issue
dominates a reader’s mind
a turn of the page
Spirited away: on the mezcal trail in Mexico. By Jessica Colley Clarke
the edge of the pit
I can see heat rising off
the stones distorting
For more FT haiku go to www.ft.com/hidden-haiku
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