According to a Tang biography of Yang Dong, the four people enjoyed same popularity and fame in China. They thrived in the time of Emperor Gaozong.
The Four Eminences abolished the Gongti Style which had been used since the Southern Qi and Southern Liang. The Wǔyán Lǜshī (Chinese: 五言律詩) passed through a critical phase of development under the four people's influence.
The rank of the Four Eminences has been the spotlight of discussion. Yang Jiong expressed his unwillingness to be put behind Wang Bo and in front of Lu Zhaolin.