Here the nameless character is introduce sitting in his chamber reading a folk lore.
Grieving over his lost love Lenore he is startled by a tapping at his door.
As the tapping continues, the speaker confused gets up and asks who is there but no one replies. He then gets up to open the door and no one is there beside darkness. He then thinks of opening the window, and as he opens it in comes a raven and perches on top the bust of pallas. He then proceeds to ask the raven questions.
The guy proceeds to ask him if he "will ever comeback to Lenore" and the raven replies with "Nevermore!"
As he is getting frustrated he demands the raven to leave, but the raven says no and the speaker gets more frustrated.
The speaker comes to a realization that the raven wont leave, his soul will not be lifted and knowing Lenore will never return.