The cultural ruptures and lacunae that are a product of Yemen's modern history, both in the north and the south, are reflected in the general conditions of Yemeni life and particularly in the cultural identity and literature of women. Yemeni women's literature does not have the same sort of roots as that of their Arab sisters in Egypt, Iraq, and the Levant. Yemeni women's writing is marked by a spirit of ambition and rebellion. The reader of Yemeni women's poetry can discern a traditional strain in women's modern poetry. Their poems tend to rely on directness, clarity, and naked meaning. Yemeni women reflect more general trends in Arab women's poetry. Their poetic consciousness displays a less than firm command of cultural and mythical symbols, and most of their poems are free of intertextual references.
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