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.” (More Amy Winehouse stories.)

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