Charlies dig themselves inside

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bloomcountry

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Roy Campbell was a great Southafrican poet. His involvement with the Fascists and especially with Franco's insurgents in the Spanish Civil War, proclaiming that the only way to serve God was fighting against communism, made him write quite a few poems dedicated to the Spanish conflict. The style, rhythm, symbols, imagery of the poems show the voice and mind of a talented and inspired poet who unfortunately took the wrong side. I am not sure about the meaning of "dig themselves inside", does it mean "to trench themselves"? or "to dig their own tomb"?:

The day when Four Big Horsemen ride
And Charlies dig themselves inside
When Four Big Horsemen clear the way,

Roy Campbell: "To all Fascists and Communists from a Vaquero".
See: http://books.google.es/books?id=mLl...ei=HJWGSsKPKIjWzASe8MDVDQ#v=onepage&q=&f=true
 
  • bloomcountry

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    Sorry, I forgot to add that the "Charlies" is the name he gave to all communists who supported the official REpublican Government of Spain against Franco. Roy Campbell disapproved them as he supported the rebels of Franco.
     
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