Human Chain

by Seamus Heaney

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Human Chain Synopsis

Seamus 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 lyrics, poems which stand at the crossroads of oral and written, and other 'hermit 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 adolescence to the birth of the poet's first grandchild. Other poems display a Virgilian pietas for the dead - friends, neighbours and family - which is yet wholly and movingly vernacular. Human Chain is Seamus Heaney's twelfth collection of poems.

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ISBN: 9780571269242
Publication date: 02/06/2011
Publisher: Faber & Faber Poetry an imprint of Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780571269228
Publication date: 02/09/2010
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571269242
Publication date: 2nd June 2011
Author: Seamus Heaney
Publisher: Faber & Faber Poetry an imprint of Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 96 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Poetry,
Categories: Poetry by individual poets,

About Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney was born in 1939 in County Derry in Northern Ireland. He grew up in the country, on a farm, in touch with a traditional rural way of life, which he wrote about in his first book Death of a Naturalist (1966). Seamus Heaney began to write in 1962, publishing first in Irish magazines. During the early and mid-sixties, he was connected with a group of writers in Belfast that included Derek Mahon, Michael Longley and James Simmons. Philip Hobsbaum ran a poetry group during these years and the poets met regularly at his house until he moved to Glasgow in 1966. ...

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