It is bleak December and midnight. A man is beginning to doze off as he is reading.
The narrator is melancholy from the loss of the maiden in which the angels call "Lenore."
The man was startled as a sudden tapping became upon his chamber door. He wonders if Lenore is the one knocking on the door. Suddenly there was another tapping. He opens the door and in flies a raven that perches on his door.
He becomes very angry at this raven after it tells him that he won't see Lenore again, and the bird won't leave.
He pulls up a chair. The narrator wonders why he cannot see Lenore again. He asks why the raven is there.
Why are you here? Why can't I see her again?
The raven stays perched on the statue. The memory of Lenore is never to be forgotten. The narrator must except the shadowed, demon-eyed, black raven as a reminder of the lost maiden.