Tragedy - Bee Gees lyrics feature in Cambridge exam


Cambridge University has been accused of 'dumbing down' after English students were asked to comment on lyrics written by the pop group, the Bee Gees.

Undergraduates in their final year examinations who took a compulsory paper on 'Tragedy' were asked to discuss words taken from the group's hit single of the same title.

The question has enraged campaigners for traditional values.

The Campaign for Real Education accused the university's academics of insulting the intelligence of its students, saying it should concentrate on high culture rather than lower the tone.

The words under discussion in the three hour paper were 'It's tragedy ...Tragedy/ when you lose control and you got no soul, it's tragedy.'

Cambridge University has defended the question, saying it was intended to examine the forms tragedy takes in the modern world.


The University of Cambridge is acknowledged as one of the world's leading higher education and research institutions. The University was instrumental in the formation of the Cambridge Network and its Vice- Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope, is also the President of the Cambridge Network.

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