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When MacDiarmid moved to the Shetlands in 1933, his poetry was still in a transitional stage. Having concluded that dense Scots lyrics could no longer suit his purposes and acknowledged the failure of a poetry of ‘pure beauty’, he had not yet found a new direction. In the early Shetland period a new poetry emerged, based in the nature and ‘crude life’ rediscovered in the water poems but vaster, more factual, and more overtly philosophic. In the late 1930s he moved to larger and larger works, increasingly concerned with language and literature. Though he produced an enormous volume of work in those years — more than all that had come before — much remained unpublished or uncollected until the 1950s, 1960s and even 1970s. Only two volumes appeared at the time: Stony Limits and Other Poems in 1934 and Second Hymn to Lenin and Other Poems in 1935. While the latter contains little that is new, Stony Limits contains, along with early styles, the first and possibly finest fruits of MacDiarmid’s evolving conception of poetry.