Youth and Rebellion in BLAST

BLAST is youthful in its make up and set up alone. There is little to no care for efficiency or conservation of space. Words are written large and boldly across the pages. A single picture will take up an entire page simply for the purpose of understanding its true meaning. The words and messages seem to shout at you as you read them. There is nothing subtle or refined about this magazine. It is a teenager rebelliously blasting rock music throughout the house. It is unconventional and certainly rebellious.

My favorite part of the magazine is featured in The Manifesto. “Curse the flabby sky that can manufacture no snow, but can only drop the sea on us in a drizzle like a poem by Robert Bridges” it says. I love the whole curse and bless concept and the chaotic and unconventional layout of it make it that much more exciting to read. The Manifesto also gives the readers a strong sense of what the authors believed in. They bless England for its beauty but curse it for its snobbish ways. It is similar to the sublime we discussed in the romantic period, which also relates to youth.



One thought on “Youth and Rebellion in BLAST

  1. I love that you compared it to a “teenager rebelliously blasting rock music throughout the house”. I found BLAST to be very rebellious in it’s nature. The title alone “BLAST” is almost sticking up its middle finger to England in a very teenage-rebellion way. Compared to other publications of it’s time, BLAST is unconventional and somewhat immature in refinement and manners. Like a rebellious youth, BLAST throws convention out the window and embraces everything that is held in opposition to the refined, if somewhat snobbish, culture of England.

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