In Tennyson II, why is Ulysses not content to stay and rule his country?

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Ulysses grows restless, fueling his discontent. His thoughts begin to stray from staying home to enjoy life with his family. His thoughts also steer him from the desire to rule his kingdom.

Ulysses then begins to relive his heroic travels. Even though he is finally home, the call of the open sea and a chance to rekindle his younger days or the zeal he once had for life, is something he can not pass up.

Telemachus proves to be a fit person to leave the kingdom to; this idea furthers his resolve that another voyage is possible.