A well-known anthologist contributes some of his own work, in a long narrative poem and many shorter ones. The title poem is an invective against the ""modern, merciless three"" (death, destruction and hate), in a world filled with fear and greed and lies. Then a fourth rider, Hope, joins them. The allegory is expressed in rather militant, stentorian verse, with occasionally crude and overstressed metaphor. The shorter poems, again bearing many contemporary illusions, have greater delicacy. But the general impression is of little finish or real poetic quality.