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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.
How to ensure a garden keeps flowering into ‘old age’. By Robin Lane Fox
weather gods listened
and extended the season
into the third week
US election 2016: war of the words. By Simon Schama
quietness and a sly grin
There you go again
‘Valuation’ investors have got it all wrong on US stocks. By Miles Johnson
when the vague and general
Hudson river, New York: how an inspiring landscape was saved. By David Rothenberg
the river was saved
because it was beautiful
as well as useful
Bongo win in Gabon election extends his family’s 50-year rule. By Maggie Fick
the vote as stolen
Brexit requires more than political will — it needs to be capable of happening. By David Allen Green
of political intent
have been plentiful
UK-French talks amid calls to scrap border control deal. By Jim Pickard and Helen Warrell
It might make it worse
I think it would make it worse
For more FT haiku go to ft.com/hiddenhaiku