Milton’s last sonnet, the blind poet’s dream of his deceased wife, has long had widespread appeal. With acute psychological realism, it presents one aspect of a mourner’s suffering, the bereaved person’s dream. Perceived briefly, only to vanish as the dreamer wakes, the subject of this sonnet was indeed profoundly loved and deeply missed. This highly personal statement is as much a part of Milton’s own mourning as it is of general human experience. The poem reveals, in fact leads the reader into sharing the agony resulting from being bereaved of a beloved spouse.