I know the e muet is usually considered silent. That being said, it is still often pronounced in songs and poetry (famously, in the Marseillaise). This is completely contrary to the situation in English, where silent e’s are never, ever pronounced. That makes me wonder: Just how silent are those silent e’s in French? Can they still be pronounced in emphatic speech, and do native speakers of French still perceive the e muet as being there, just with a very short pronunciation?