Pop star's lyrics compared by Cambridge students to Sir Walter Raleigh's

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Cambridge University students have been asked to compare the lyrics of the pop star Amy Winehouse with the poetry of Sir Walter Ralegh in a final year exam paper.

Those taking the Practical Criticism paper were given a sheet containing the singer's words to her single Love is a Losing Game and asked to contrast them with a work by the 16th century poet and explorer.

Winehouse's song, which last week won her a songwriting prize at the Ivor Novello awards, includes the lines: "Why do I wish I never played/Oh, what a mess we made/And now the final frame/Love is a losing game."

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