"What Odysseus was bound to during the sirens song" NYT crossword answer is:MAST (4 letters length)
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In Homer's epic poem The Odyssey, Odysseus was bound to the mast of his ship during the sirens' song. He had instructed his crew to plug their ears with beeswax so that they would not be tempted by the sirens' song, but he wanted to hear it himself. To prevent himself from being tempted, he had himself tied to the mast so that he could not jump into the sea and succumb to the sirens' song. This moment of Odysseus' strength and willpower has become a classic example of the power of human will.