schlanger wrote: . . . though Logan, whose criticism of contemporary
poetry . . .
How do you define "contemporary" here?
As for focus on "life" rather than "poetry," you should study the
history of responsdes to John Milton and Alexander Pope, two of my
favorite poets. :-)
Some of the concern with Eliot's biography may be a reaction to the
early myth of his poetry as "impersonal," along with his many attempts
to cover his tracks as it were.