It is just the wind rapping and tapping at my window and nothing more.
A man sits in his chair nearly napping, while outside of the chamber is a dreary December midnight.
The noise reminds the man of his love Lenore that is no longer with him. He thinks the sound may be coming from her.
The tapping is louder than before, and it is coming from the window lattice. He believes it might just be the wind.
The shutters fly open as the raven comes inside and perches just above the chamber door. The man asks the raven if he will ever be able to see Lenore again, but the raven replies by saying "Nevermore."
I quaff, oh quaff to forget the loss of Lenore. Will thy angels send her back to me once more?
The man tells the raven to leave his chamber, but it remains sitting on the pallas above the door. The raven's eyes show a demon, and they are a constant reminder of what he has lost. The man excepts the fact that the raven is not going to leave.
Leave my loneliness unbroken, take the break out of my heart, and leave my pallas above my chamber door!
The sorrow that the man feels from losing the love of his life makes his soul feel as if it is unliftable, or dead.