What is a summary of "The Road not Taken" by Robert Frost?

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A traveler comes to a fork in the road.  He looks at one path and follows it with his eye as far as he can until it bends into the forest.  Then he looks at the other path, noting that it is grassier, a fact which may make it a little more appealing, though it looks like about the same number of people have taken each path.  He comments that both of the paths are covered in fresh leaves, and he decides to take the second path (the grassier one), and he wonders if he'll ever be able to come back and take the first path (but he knows that it is really unlikely because of the way choices work).  He considers the future, when he will, at some point, describe this choice: he plans to say that, when faced with two paths (or two options, symbolically), he took the path that fewer people have traveled and that this choice has made a big difference in how his life turned out.  (In other words, he plans to lie.)