In Human Chain, Nobel-Winning Poet Seamus Heaney Digs Into the Past

October 25, 2011
In his native Ireland, he's known as "Famous Seamus," and indeed, Seamus Heaney, winner of the Nobel Prize in 1995, is that rare bird: a world-famous poet. Now 72, his newest collection, Human Chain, is, as always for Heaney, grounded in the physical world—but it also takes a look back.