1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Bucke

John Keats to George and Georgiana Keats, April 1819; Works, ed. H. Buxton Forman (1901) 5:41.



There has been a squabble between Kean and Mr. Bucke. There are faults on both sides — on Bucke's the faults are positive to the Question: Kean's fault is a want of genteel knowledge and high Policy. The former writes knavishly foolish and the other silly bombast. It was about a Tragedy written by said Mr. Bucke [The Italians]; which it appears Mr. Kean kick'd at — it was so bad. After a little struggle of Mr. Bucke's against Kean Drury Lane had the policy to bring it out and Kean the impolicy not to appear in it. It was damn'd. The people in the Pit had a favourite call on the night of "Buck Buck rise up" and "Buck Buck how many horns do I hold up."