Modernist poets wanted their poetry to be read seriously. They felt that the modern age was fragmented and that it had manifold aspects. If these were to be presented in poetry, the language of poetry had to reflect this fragmentariness and this multitudiousness. So they fragmented and fractured language. They used concrete imagery. Their intention was to reflect the non-rational nature of life in their poetry. So they made their poetry non-discursive. To indicate both the continuity and the non-continuity with the past, they used allusions to earlier literatures and history. These tendencies made their poetry difficult to follow. Modernist poets like Yeats, Eliot and Auden wanted their readers to take the trouble of unraveling their meaning if the readers were serious about it.