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The irony of Ravens

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What is the [possibly inadvertant] irony in the following lines? Beowulf slept

"until the black raven with raucous glee
announced heaven's joy, and a hurry of brightness
overran the shadows" (1801-1803).

A

Ravens are Germanic symbols of happiness

B

Ravens are Germanic symbols of chaos.

C

Ravens are Germanic symbols of industry

D

Ravens are Germanic symbols of death

E

Ravens are Germanic symbols of laziness.