Giuseppe Borrello (1820–1894) was an Italian poet, who wrote mainly in Sicilian, and an Italian patriot.
Borrello was born and died in
Catania. In 1837, at a time when Catania was experiencing a cholera empidemic, he was granted special emergency powers by the Bourbon government, but was relieved of his duties once his liberal views and attitudes became known.
He participated in the
popular revolts of 1848, being one of the main provocateurs in Catania. During the Risorgimento of 1860 he became aligned with Garibaldi's forces and reached the rank of Major.
An anthology of his poems is simply entitled:
Puisii Siciliani (Sicilian Poems).
Example [ edit ]
The following short poem pays homage to the renowned
Chestnut Tree of One Hundred Horses: [1 ]
Un pedi di castagna
A chestnut tree
was so large
ca ccu li rami so' forma un paracqua
that its branches formed a shelter
sutta di cui si riparò di l'acqua,
under which refuge was sought from the rain
di fùrmini, e saitti
from thunder bolts and flashes of lightning
la riggina Giuvanna
by Queen Joanne
ccu centu cavaleri,
with a hundred knights,
quannu ppi visitari Mungibeddu
when on her way to Mt Etna
vinni surprisa di lu timpurali.
was taken by surprise by a fierce storm.
D'allura si chiamò
From then on so was it named
st'àrvulu situatu 'ntra 'na valli
this tree nestled in a valley and its courses
lu gran castagnu d'i centu cavalli.
the great chestnut tree of one hundred horses.
References [ edit ]
^ "Poesie sul Castagno dei Cento Cavalli". (Sicilian) Catania Natura . Dipartimento di Botanica, University of Catania . Retrieved 2006-12-22.