"Edna Longley's Yeats and Modern Poetry is two books in one: it is a shrewd and luminous rereading of Yeats, and it is a powerful remapping of modern poetry, from Symbolism and Imagism to poetry of World War I, poetry of the 1930s, the Movement, and postwar northern Irish poetry. Yeats is illuminated as never before by being cast in dialogue with other modern poets, including Eliot, Pound, Stevens, Edward Thomas, Wilfred Owen, Auden, and MacNeice, who also emerge with stunning clarity and vividness through Longley's acute juxtapositions. Incisive, meticulous, and carefully researched, Longley's book advances bold and bracing claims. A masterpiece of forceful argument and precise reading, Yeats and Modern Poetry is one of the most important books on modern poetry in a generation."
Jahan Ramazani, author of Poetry and Its Others: News, Prayer, Song, and the Dialogue of Genres