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 Sir Walter Ralegh. The students were also asked to compare Raleigh's poem with songs by the rock star Bob Dylan and blues singer Billie Holiday. Those who took the paper said they were surprised at the inclusion of lyrics by Winehouse in their exam.
"It was really bizarre. I sat there looking at the paper in shock. I wouldn't consider a controversial pop singer a literary figure," the telegraph quoted the student, as saying. However, a female final year English student added: "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."