The narrator was reading a book to get Lenore, his late wife, off his mind; when all of a sudden he hears a knock at the chamber door, which starts to worry him.
He finds himself yelling Lenore's name outside his chamber door in curiosity, due to him finally getting the courage to open the door.
Nevermore?... Is the angle here to let me forget about Lenore?
After opening the window, due to the narrator's curiosity of the tapping, a raven, which the narrator thinks is from the under world, flies in and lands on a bust.
Tell me!!! Fine, Leave!
The narrator is stunned and feels blessed to be able to hear how clear the raven could repetitively say, what seemed to be a taught phrase, "Never more." He didn't want the raven to go so, he tried not to get his hopes up about the raven being there tomorrow.
He then pulled a chair up to study the raven and it's phrase, " Never more"; he also started to see angles which he thought were there to give him medicine to forget about Lenore.
The narrator told the raven to leave after the raven, whom the narrator thought was a prophet from Heaven, didn't tell him if his wife was okay; instead, all the raven replied was, " Never more" and the raven refused to leave.