Borrello was born and died in Catania. In 1837, at a time when Catania was experiencing a cholera epidemic, he was granted special emergency powers by the Bourbon government, but was relieved of his duties once his liberal views and attitudes became known.
An anthology of his poems is simply entitled: Puisii Siciliani (Sicilian Poems).
|Un pedi di castagna||A chestnut tree|
|tantu grossu||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.|
|This biographical article about an Italian writer or poet is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|
|This Sicily-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|