The Course of Time is a ten-book poem in blank verse, first published in 1827.[2] It was the last published and most famous work of Scottish poet Robert Pollok. The first edition of the poem sold 12,000 copies, and by its fourth edition it had sold 78,000 copies and become well known even in North America.[3]

The Course of Time
AuthorRobert Pollok
IllustratorJohn Tenniel, Myles Birket Foster, and J. R. Clayton (1857 edition)[1]
GenreBlank verse poetry
PublisherWilliam Blackwood and Sons[1]
Publication date
Publication placeScotland

Pollok himself died in September 1827, only a few months after the poem was published.

An illustrated edition was published in 1857, featuring the work of John Tenniel, Myles Birket Foster, and J. R. Clayton.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "The Course of Time : a poem / by Robert Pollok". Memorial University Libraries Catalogue. Retrieved 17 May 2007.
  2. ^ "Significant Scots; Robert Pollok". Electric Scotland. Retrieved 2 May 2007.
  3. ^ "Robert Pollok 1798 - 1827". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2 May 2007.