Methought I Saw my Late Espoused Saint (Sonnet 23)
by John Milton
Analysis: Steaminess Rating
Exactly how steamy is this poem?
Although "Methought I Saw…" is a poem about how a grieving widow reunites with his late wife in a vision, they don't reunite in that way. In fact, just as his wife leans down to embrace him, the speaker wakes and she "flees." Sex probably just isn't possible with a person who's, you know, not actually there. We mean, the two of them can't even hug.