What is a summary and analysis of the poem "A March Calf" by Ted Hughes?

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Ted Hughes' powerful poem "The March Calf" creates an unforgettable image of a new-born calf who is "dressed in his best--his blacks and his whites" (also called a "wedding natty get up") as he prepares to suck the milk from his mother. 

This opening image, comparing the calf's appearance to a well-dressed person, lets us know right from the beginning that although Hughes IS describing the actions of a baby calf, he is also making a statement about humans.  Most young American readers might not recognize the allusion to Little Lord Fauntleroy, the title character of a once-popular 1886 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett (coincidentally also the author of The Secret Garden ).  In the book, an American boy is found to be the lost son of a British earl.  He is dressed in an English costume of black velvet and white lace--thus, the black and white "Sunday suit" of...

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