On the BBC website it would appear that Mr Gove is complaining that you only need to study one novel for GCSE. I'm not sure which spec he is referring to, but I do know that when I did my O-levels (back in the time of the pterodactyls), I only studied one novel (Pride and Prejudice) and one play (Henry V) - no poetry - I don't remember reading any significant poetry at school, to be honest. So my GCSE students actually have to read more than I did. I never did Chaucer at school, never did Dryden or Pope (which he mentions in his comments - I'm not sure why). Does this mean I was deprived? Or just amazingly lucky! (I quite like Chaucer, but Pope and Dryden have always left me cold).