Narrative poem by Robinson Jeffers, the title piece of a volume published in 1928.
Using a powerful unrhymed five- and ten-stress line, the poet sets his story in the farming country of the California coast in 1909–10. After a fire destroys their farm, Fera Martial and her blind father go to live with their neighbor Cawdor. When Cawdor desires her for her beauty, Fera marries him, but she falls in love with Cawdor's young son Hood. The lad refuses her advances, and for revenge Fera tells her husband that his son has raped her. Infuriated, Cawdor quarrels with Hood and accidentally kills him. Later, after Fera tells Cawdor the truth, he blinds himself in a passion of guilt.
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