Poe was trying to read his sorrow away from the lost of his love, Lenore. When he fell asleep in his chamber, but all the sudden he heard a tapping at his door.
Poe keeps hearing the tapping at his chamber door, when he swings his door open an sees the raven siting on the busted pallas. Poe keeps asking the bird questions, but he only replies with "nevermore."
Poe keeps asking the raven questions about Lenore and the raven keeps saying "nevermore." The raven makes Poe think that he will never be happy again and that the raven is from the underworld.