The Odyssey's conception of song is unique in the Greek hexameter tradition. In its focus on recent events and ability to cause pain, song in the Odyssey resembles autobiographical storytelling, also foregrounded in the poem. Thus the Odyssean account of narrative emphasizes a dynamic relationship between narrative and life. Storytelling is further differentiated, however, as first-person narration based upon first-hand experience. This type of narrative enables mortals to create order, and even pleasure, from random ills. The Odyssey's idiosyncratic account of song and storytelling arises from its unique notion that mortals enjoy this kind of agency in creating their own happiness.