Henry Rago
Henry Rago 1915-1969 Poet and Professor


Henry Rago was a poet and editor of Poetry Magazine for 14 years from 1955-1969.  He was also a Professor of Theology and Literature at the University of Chicago, jointly in the Divinity School and in the New Collegiate Division, since 1967.  His seminars and research explored the relations between poetry and religion, among other interdisciplinary concerns.  He was also Co-chairman of the new program in the History and Philosophy of Religion in the New Collegiate Division.

He. died at age 53 on May 26, 1969 in Chicago.  Rago had, just that year, resigned his editorship at Poetry to take a year of lecturing and writing on a grant from the Ford Foundation to be followed by a full time position at the University of Chicago. He was at work on a book titled “The Vocation of Poetry.”

His poems were widely published in magazines and newspapers during his lifetime, beginning at age 16 in Poetry Magazine.  His book of poems, “A Sky of Late Summer,” was published by Macmillan in 1963. 

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