In “The Road Not Taken,” the speaker stands at a junction of two paths, and he must choose to follow only one of them. From the “yellow wood” in the first stanza and the fallen leaves covering both paths in the third, we can tell this poem is set in autumn in a colorful, northern-forested landscape. From where he stands, the speaker scrutinizes both routes but cannot see far along either one of them. He claims more people have traveled along the first one, although both routes appear to be worn about the same amount. In the end, the speaker decides to take the second path, “the one less traveled by.” We can debate whether he is comfortable with this decision later in life, as he recalls and retells this story. We can also debate whether the path he chose is the same one he refers to in the title; depending upon your interpretation, it could apply to either one.