Really? You want a long, drawn out description of what makes these two books similar? Let's start with their covers. Anything strike you as, I don't know, obliteratingly obvious? Does the term "Deja vu" come to mind, for example? No? How about "carbon copy"? Ring a bell? Oh, come on! They're exactly the same! Fine, how's this: Robert Hass is a genius. James Wood is a genius. They're both geniuses. Two of our greatest living writers, with two brand new collections of essays that look like rainbow covered candy wrappers. Chew on that!