Another cause for maintaining a non-specific referent in sentimental poetry is the imitation of modern Arabic cosmopolitan lyric poetry and pop culture. Such poetry is divorced from the specificities of small town or village life and addresses love, heartache, longing, and desire from purely conceptual standpoint. Love in general is the topic of contemporary lyric poetry, not love for a specific individual. According to this mode of lyric poetry, named individuals detract from the universal ambitions of the poetic text. The poems in the Dīwān of Ḥājj Dākōn represent the culmination of this tendency: only a single poem in the entire collection (“I Want to Ask at the Wedding Party”) hints at desire for an actual person. In this way, non-specific referents in sentimental poems may mark the poet as belonging to a lyrical avant-garde, even as the personalized touch and regional specificity of the poem itself is lost in consequence.