optative mood

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Noun1.optative mood - a mood (as in Greek or Sanskrit) that expresses a wish or hope; expressed in English by modal verbs
Sanskrit, Sanskritic language - (Hinduism) an ancient language of India (the language of the Vedas and of Hinduism); an official language of India although it is now used only for religious purposes
Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic - a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil
modality, mood, mode - verb inflections that express how the action or state is conceived by the speaker
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Their textbook is divided into thirty extensive and ambitious chapters which cover everything from the alphabet to the optative mood.
This mode may be regarded as the literary and stylistic counterpart of the optative mood in Ancient Greek and Sanskrit, which is a specific verb form reserved in these languages for the expression of wishes or desires.
And surely Jarvis is right to stress that Wordsworth's strongest poetic moments de-exclude the middle between indicative and optative mood, or between description and prayer.