"What Odysseus was bound to during the sirens song" NYT crossword answer is:MAST (4 letters length)
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Odysseus was famously bound to the mast of his ship during the sirens song, as instructed by Circe. This was done to prevent him from being lured to his death by the sirens' enchanting music. He was also instructed to have his crew fill their ears with beeswax to prevent them from hearing the sirens' song. This allowed Odysseus to hear the sirens without being tempted to follow them.