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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.
Orangutan in a dress. By Steve King
is paraded in a dress
at a shopping mall
Earth finds a neighbour just 4 light years away. By Helen Healy
they were closer to this goal
than ever before
GB’s medal haul met by scepticism — and envy — in Europe. By FT reporters
coaches at Rio
hinting at skulduggery
in the British ranks
Alma Thomas defied gravity and reached for the stars. By Ariella Budick
white space between them
which stirs a sense of motion
like a breeze blowing
The Watchman, C4. By Martin Hoyle
a well meaning man is drawn
into a nightmare
Cyber espionage: A new cold war? By Sam Jones
in the attribution game
could get messy fast
Court overturns Argentine gas price rises. By John Paul Rathbone
to do politically
but it must be done
For more FT haiku go to www.ft.com/hidden-haiku