The story is narrated by a nameless narrator who, facing the sadness of the loss of his beloved Lenore, is sitting to read to forget his sorrows. Suddenly, a knock on his window takes him out of his brooding, when he wants to see what could cause the sound, a crow comes flying out the window, posing himself over the lintel of the door. The narrator, with the attentive soul, asks the raven his name, receiving the response “Nevermore”, he’s surprised that a bird can talk, but soon he realizes that’s the only thing the bird can say.
Already interested in his new friend he approaches him to discover more, but his mind takes him back to his nostalgia for Lenore. Suddenly, he feels that the atmosphere is filled with a heavy burden, and annoyed with the bird he begins to insult him, but the raven only responds “nevermore”. When he calms down a bit he asks the raven if he knows if in the sky there is a girl named Lenore, and the answer “nevermore”. Angry again, he asks the raven to leave his home, but he continues responding to same way: “Nevermore”. The narrator's attempts to make the bird leaves becomes desperate until the end of the narration. Then he states that the raven never left the lintel of his door, and that his soul is trapped under the shadow of the bird and he won’t be able to escape from there nevermore.