could pretend to be anyone, and one's beliefs could be recast in the poetic imagery of patriotism and Classical analogy we find in Windsor Forest.
[Alexander] Pope could never escape his second marginalization, however, for he literally carried it with him on his back. From the age of twelve, exactly at the time of the family move from London, Pope suffered from a form of tuberculosis that affected the bone, deforming his body, stunting his growth. Pope grew to a height of only 4 feet 6 inches (1.37 m), and was left with a severe hunchback.
from The Huffington Post: The Marginalized Alexander Pope