What is a summary for "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe?

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In Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven," the narrator is grieving the recent loss of his great love, Lenore. As he is nodding off while reading in his room, he hears a knocking at the door. When he finally answers, nobody is there, but he soon hears the sound again coming from his window. When he opens it, in flies a raven and alights upon a statue of the the Greek goddess, Pallas Athena. The narrator asks for the raven's name, and the raven only says, "Nevermore." The narrator continues to question the raven, each time receiving the same answer. After each answer, the narrator becomes more and more agitated and distraught. In the end he has about lost his sanity and is left feeling that there is no afterlife, nor will he ever again see his beloved Lenore.