What is the main meaning or message of "The Raven"?

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The main message in “The Raven” is that we are haunted by our doubts, sorrows and fears.

The poem depicts a young student trying to study on a dreary night.  He can’t concentrate, because all he can think about is his lost love Lenore.

Try though he might, he cannot distract himself from the lost love.

Eagerly I wished the morrow;—vainly I had sought

          to borrow

From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for

          the lost Lenore—

He tries to distract himself, but he can’t.  The Raven represents his creeping doubts, and the overwhelming sorrow.  He fears that he is never going to be able to get over her.

Death has a great effect on those still alive.  When a person leaves us, we still have that person as a part of ourselves.  The grief we feel is not easily remedied, and mourning is a process we all need to move through.