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Human chain

Author: Seamus Heaney
Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Seamus Heaney's new collection elicits continuities and solidaritiesb︣etween husband and wife, child and parent, then and nowi︣nside 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, of lifelines to the inherited past. There are newly minted versions of anonymous  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Seamus Heaney
ISBN: 9780571269228 0571269222
OCLC Number: 624414074
Notes: Poems.
Awards: Winner of Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection 2010.
Shortlisted for T S Eliot Prize 2010.
Description: 85 p. ; 22 cm.
Responsibility: Seamus Heaney.

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