What do you think Frost is trying to say about originality in "The Road Not Taken"?

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On one level the term the road less travelled speaks about originality as not following the herd in everyday life but exploring on one's own. On another level, this refers to Robert Frost's own choices. First, he became a poet rather than embarking on a traditional business career. Second, as a poet, rather than follow the prevailing trends of international  literary modernism in his period, he took the road of the Georgians, writing a more conservative and regionally grounded form of poetry, returning to traditional literary forms and narrative content about rural matters. Thus one can say that he spoke truthfully in claiming:

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.