“a music that he didn’t hear”

This week, I’m learning Robert Hass’s “Envy of Other People’s Poems.” In ten lines, it asks us how our perception of others’ perceptions of us (get that?) changes us, how myth becomes wrapped in fact. I love the way he describes the sounds of the sea that Odysseus can’t or won’t hear.

“Envy of Other People’s Poems” appears in Hass’s Time and Materials, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008. You can find the book here. (“Etymology” is one of my other favorites from the collection.)

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