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William Congreve had described recitative as "only a more tuneable Speaking; it is a kind of Prose in Musick; its Beauty consists in coming near Nature, and in improving the natural Accents of Words by more Pathetick or Emphatical Tones.
9 and 10, tells us: 'The increase in emphatical [sic] italics in the move from rough draft to first edition is presumably a consequence of Byron's strong feelings about Wellington: though one could argue that it increases a feeling of insecurity' (he makes a similar point two pages later).
Paul's "empty though emphatical description of heaven" in a different light.