Eagerly I wished the morrow;--vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow--sorrow for the lost Lenore--
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore--

from Edgar Allan Poe – The Raven on Rap Genius


By reading, he is unsuccessfully attempting to distract from his sorrow over the lost (i.e. dead) Lenore, who is implied to have been the love of the narrator’s life.

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