Winehouse Joins Ranks Of Great Literary Drug Addicts

28-05-08

SINGER-songwriter Amy Winehouse has taken her place in the pantheon of literature's greatest drug abusers.

William Blake used to draw elaborate pictures of himself doing weird stuff with mice

Winehouse's work was included in a final year exam at Cambridge University alongside the opium-induced ramblings of William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Edgar Allan Poe.

Undergraduates were given passages from Jerusalem, The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner and Back to Black and then asked to text their marks out of 10 to an 0800 number.

Tom Logan, professor of romantic poetry, said: "I've been having an affair with a 19 year-old French girl since October, so I'm not 100% sure what my students have been reading this year."

He added: "I've missed a lot of tutorials and haven't been able to set essay topics, but seriously, you should see this French bird. Jesus.

"Anyway, people seem to like Amy Winehouse, so I just bunged it in at the last minute."

Other questions in this year's paper included:

When Coleridge wrote 'In Xanadu did Kubla Kahn a stately pleasure dome decree', exactly how fucked up was he?

Which of Blake's visionary poems do you think were inspired by some seriously bad shit?

Thinking about the Amy Winehouse couplet, 'I don't ever wanna drink again / I just, ooh, I just need a friend', which of the following applies:

a) It's just a pop song
b) It's not very good
c) I've been paying three and a half grand a year for this?

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