Synthetic Scots

In this letter to Neil Gunn, Christopher Grieve reveals his pen-name. 'I've a confession to make, I'm Hugh M'Diarmid.'

He goes on to list the Scots dictionaries and sources he is drawing on to create MacDiarmid's poetry.

Grieve sometimes referred to this literary language as 'Synthetic Scots'.

It gave him a medium through which he would develop a poetry aligned with international modernism.

'… a new spirit is today abroad in the North, which is both conservative and radical — a determination to keep Scotland in the main march of the world's interests, and at the same time to forgo no part of her ancient heritage.' — John Buchan in the preface to 'Sangschaw', Hugh MacDiarmid's first collection of Scots poems, 1925.