Stodgy? Never! Cambridge University surprised its English students with an exam requesting literary analysis of Amy Winehouse lyrics last week. Students compared a poem by 16th century poet and ne’er-do-well adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh with Winehouse’s “Love is a Losing Game,” and songs by Bob Dylan and Billie Holiday, reported the Telegraph.
"I wouldn't consider a controversial pop singer a literary figure," declared one student. But another called the question “cool”—“Poetry doesn't have to mean Keats and Byron,” she said, “but there were a lot of surprised people.”