Publication Details

Rando, G, Italian Australian Poetry by First Generation Writers: An Overview, JALAS - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 2006, vol. 5, pp39-57.


This paper focuses on the way in which first generation Italian Australian writers express the experience of the diaspora in their poetry. The paper highlights the more prominent first generation Italian Australian poets — Luigi Strano (who was awarded an honorary MA from the University of Wollongong in 1985), Enoe Di Stefano, Mariano Coreno and Lino Concas. The quantitative and qualitative parameters of their published writings represent not only continuity in terms of the historical and contemporary aspects of the Italian Australian migration experience but also subjective expressions of personal sentiments relating to the meaning of life, love, nature and human relationships. Such "universal” themes are, of course, also found in the works of other poets such as Valerio Borghese's brief expressions of existential introspection which recall the early poetry of Giuseppe Ungaretti and the "frammenti poetici" of Giovanni Boine and Scipio Slataper and the introspective subjectivity found in the more discursive prose poetry of Walter Cerquetti and Paolo Totaro.