Human Chain (poetry collection)

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Human Chain
Human Chain.jpg
Cover of British hardback edition
AuthorSeamus Heaney
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherFaber and Faber (UK)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (US)
Publication date
2 September 2010
Media typePrint
ISBN0-571-26922-2 (UK hardback)
ISBN 0-374-17351-6 (US hardback)
Preceded byDistrict and Circle 

Human Chain (2010) is the twelfth and final poetry collection by Seamus Heaney, who received the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. It won the Forward Poetry Prize Best Collection 2010 award,[1][2] the Irish Times Poetry Now Award for 2011, and was shortlisted for the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize.[3] This was Heaney's second Poetry Now Award, having previously won in 2007 for District and Circle.[4]


  • "Had I not been awake"
  • Album
  • The Conway Stewart
  • Uncoupled
  • The Butts
  • Chanson d'Aventure
  • Miracle
  • Human Chain
  • A Mite-Box
  • An Old Refrain
  • The Wood Road
  • The Baler
  • Derry Derry Down
  • Eelworks
  • Slack
  • A Herbal
  • Canopy
  • The Riverbank Field
  • Route 110
  • Death of a Painter
  • Loughanure
  • Wraiths
  • Sweeney Out-takes
  • Colum Cille Cecinit
  • Hermit Songs
  • "Lick the pencil"
  • "The door was open and the house was dark"
  • In the Attic
  • A Kite for Aibhín

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Human Chain Archived 2010-08-09 at the Wayback Machine at Faber and Faber. Retrieved: 2010-08-23.
  2. ^ Forward Poetry Prize Winners at Retrieved: 2010-10-31.
  3. ^ Obituary: Heaney ‘the most important Irish poet since Yeats’ Irish Times, 2013-08-30.
  4. ^ Heaney wins 'Irish Times' poetry award Irish Times, 2011-03-26.