Essay from the year 2010 in the subject English - Discussion and Essays, grade: 1,7, University of Basel, language: English, abstract: This critical paper is dealing with Shklovsky's device of 'enstrangement' and the formalist aspiration to defamiliarize language that has become 'automized'. I argue that the deviance from the linguistic norm finds a peak in the devoid of meaning in sound poetry, yet that by using 'verses without words', a deeper meaning of the poem is created. To support my thesis, I will firstly present the problem of an 'automized' language to explain the need for a new way of writing and perceiving literature, poems and art. In a second step, I will explain which linguistic devices were used by Russian formalists and exercise them on the poem 'Karawane' by Hugo Ball. As a last step, I will draw a parallel to contemporary media theory and show that Russian formalism is still relevant today.