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.
Douglas Coupland on why America’s two-party system is no longer fit for purpose. By Douglas Coupland
made the rows of stars
on the flag go all funny
and harder to draw
Behemoth — DVD review. By Griselda Murray Brown
of visual eloquence
and verbal restraint
Disrupters? There is nothing revolutionary about Airbnb and Uber. By Matthew Vincent
a golden era
of digital disruption
Is this the dawning
The pioneering spirit America would do well to revive. By Gillian Tett
the problem reflects
Trump stokes furore over whether he will abide by result. By Barney Jopson and Courtney Weaver
As the billionaire
real estate developer
falls further behind
Brexit briefing: A snap election in 2017? By James Blitz
a prime minister
needs the Commons to agree
For more FT haiku go to www.ft.com/hidden-haiku