- a collection of poems (1926) by Ezra Pound.
- a person.
- personae, the characters in a play, novel, etc.
- the narrator of or a character in a literary work, sometimes identified with the author.
- (in the psychology of C. G. Jung) the mask or façade presented to satisfy the demands of the situation or the environment and not representing the inner personality of the individual; the public personality (contrasted with anima).
- a person's perceived or evident personality, as that of a well-known official, actor, or celebrity; personal image; public role.
Origin of persona
Examples from the Web for personae
"Personae," the first book published in London, followed early in 1909.
"Personae" and "Exultations" show his talent for turning his studies to account.
A list of personae is given in the original on the verso of the title-leaf.The Tragedy Of Caesar's Revenge
Certain of the poems in "Lustra" have offended admirers of the verse of the "Personae" period.
Its personae are the men and women who constantly appear and reappear throughout this cycle.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)
Henry Osborn Taylor
- (often plural) a character in a play, novel, etc
- an assumed identity or character
- (in Jungian psychology) the mechanism that conceals a person's true thoughts and feelings, esp in his adaptation to the outside world
Word Origin and History for personae
1917, "outward or social personality," a Jungian psychology term, from Latin persona "person" (see person). Used earlier (1909) by Ezra Pound in the sense "literary character representing voice of the author." Persona grata is Late Latin, literally "an acceptable person," originally applied to diplomatic representatives acceptable to the governments to which they were sent; hence also persona non grata (plural personæ non gratæ).
- The role that one assumes or displays in public or society; one's public image or personality, as distinguished from the inner self.