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    DescriptionSeamus Heaney's new collection elicits continuities and solidarities, between husband and wife, child and parent, then and now, inside an intently remembered present - the stepping stones of the day, the weight and heft of what is passed from hand to hand, lifted and lowered. "Human Chain" also broaches larger questions of transmission, as lifelines to the inherited past. There are newly minted versions of anonymous early Irish lyric, poems which stand at the crossroads of oral and written, and other 'hermits songs' which weigh equally in their balance the craft of scribe and the poet's early calling as scholar. A remarkable sequence entitled "Route 110" plots the descent into the underworld in the Aeneid against single moments in the arc of a life, from a 1950s childhood to the birth of the poet's first grandchild. Other poems display a Virgilian pietas for the dead - friends, neighbours, family - which is yet wholly and movingly vernacular. "Human Chain" also adapts a poetic 'herbal' by the Breton poet Guillevic - lyrics as delicate as ferns, which puzzle briefly over the world of things which excludes human speech, while affirming the interconnectedness of phenomena, as of a self-sufficiency in which we too are included. "Human Chain" is Seamus Heaney's twelfth collection of poems.


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    Title
    Human Chain
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Seamus Heaney
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 96
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 222 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 255 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780571269228
    ISBN 10: 0571269222
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    BISAC V2.8: POE005020
    DC22: 821.914
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11500
    Thema V1.0: DCF
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    Faber & Faber Poetry
    Publication date
    02 September 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Seamus Heaney was born in County Derry in Northern Ireland. Death of a Naturalist, his first collection of poems, appeared in 1966 and since then he has published poetry, criticism and translations - including Beowulf (1999) - which have established him as one of the leading poets now at work. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. District and Circle (2006) was awarded the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2006. Stepping Stones, a book of interviews conducted by Dennis O'Driscoll, appeared in 2008. In 2009 he received the David Cohen Prize for Literature.