The speaker issues not only a single instruction but a litany of orders in the penultimate stanza:
"Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!” I shrieked, upstarting—
“Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore!
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken!—quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!”
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”
First, he orders the raven to leave and says its insistent response to all his questions, "Nevermore," should be the bird's final parting word. The speaker commands it to return to the storm and the dark underworld shore from whence it came. He demands that the supernatural creature should not leave behind any trace of its presence as a symbol of the lie which it has uttered, when it goes.
Furthermore, the speaker commands that the raven should not disturb his...
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