“Letter to John Allan” “ Alone” Connections to Poe’s Life Traditions of the Time Author’s Attitude Similarities Differences How would you describe Poe’s relationship with his foster father? What idea about life does “Alone” explore? What does the speaker of “Alone” mean when he says that “I have not seen / As others saw”? Poe’s relationship with John Allan is described in the biography on pages 278–279. How does reading the letter help you understand Poe’s feelings about his foster father?