Cambridge Poetry Students Analyze This

Notorious partier-songwriter's lyrics compared to 16th Century poem
By Laila Weir,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2008 2:49 PM CDT
Cambridge Poetry Students Analyze This
Amy Winehouse arrives at a police station in London, Friday April 25, 2008, to be questioned in connection with an alleged assault that took place in north London.    (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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.” (Read more Amy Winehouse stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.