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Please summarize the main points of Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven".

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Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” is a narrative lyrical poem.  The poet creates the mood with his eerie scenes filled with noises and a bird that represents death.  The poem’s story features three characters: the young man; the raven; and the dead Lenore. The setting is the nameless young man’s room.  The time is midnight in December, and, it is a stormy, windy night. 

The young man has been studying, trying to think about something else. He has not been sleeping because of his longing for his dead lover, Lenore, and his sorrow has almost overtaken him.

The protagonist hears things: rapping, tapping rustling.  The fire creates images that seem ghostlike.   

These sounds have made him feel such terror.  He gathers his courage thinking that there is a late visitor at the door.  When he opens it, there is nothing there. His heart and soul are on fire with fear.

He decides that the tapping is coming from the window which he opens thinking that it is just the wind. In steps a...

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