1. The feminine archetype in Jungian Psychology, especially as present in men (contrasted with animus). The true self as opposed to the persona, the facade presented to the world.
2. Life force, Soul: from the Latin root ane– "to give breath,” from which animal and animate also originate.
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute.
We read and write poetry because
we are members of the human race,
and the human race is filled with passion.
Medicine, law, business, engineering,
these are noble pursuits,
and necessary to sustain life.
But poetry, beauty, romance, love,
these are what we stay alive for.
Dead Poets Society