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Students tested on Winehouse lyrics

May 28, 2008 at 3:12 PM
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CAMBRIDGE, England, May 28 (UPI) -- Students taking the Practical Criticism class at Cambridge University in England compared Amy Winehouse's lyrics to Sir Walter Raleigh's poetry for an exam.

The Daily Telegraph said the third-year students were also asked to compare Raleigh's work with songs by Bob Dylan and Billie Holiday.

One student who didn't want to be named until his final examination paper had been graded, said: "It was really bizarre. I sat there looking at the paper in shock. I wouldn't consider a controversial pop singer a literary figure."

"I think it's cool -- poetry doesn't have to mean Keats and Byron but there were a lot of

surprised people. You can't prepare for questions like that," a final-year female student told the Telegraph.

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