He reads to try to keep his mind off his deceased wife Lenore. He hears a tapping at the door.
he opens the door and calls out to his wife and hears an echo. Then he hears tapping at his window and opens the window but there is wind and nothing more. Then the raven flies into the room and sits above his door on a statue of Athena and stares at him.
He was yelling at the bird trying to get it to leave him alone. But the raven wouldn’t leave the only quoth “nevermore” and that he will never be okay again.