He was born on October 30, 1887 in Hirschberg (Silesia) in a Protestant family of officials and landowners. He studied law. From very early on he became interested in poetry, becoming a poet against the will of his father. With his particular aesthetic of the ugly and his hostile and visionary poetic discourse, he intended not only to protest against the orderly and sterile bourgeois society of the Wilhelmine era, but to unleash a revolution that would free man from his vital boredom. Hence his enthusiasm for the French Revolution and his identification with Robespierre or Danton. Georg Heym is a proud heir of Hölderlin, Novalis, Büchner, Baudelaire, Stendhal, Rimbaud, Verlaine, Keats or Poe, among others, as well as philosophers such as Arthur Schopenhauer or Friedrich Nietzsche. He was part of the German circle of expressionist literature Der Neue Club, where he made his poetry known among the young writers and artists of the time. He published in emblematic magazines such as Der Demokrat, Der Sturm or Die Aktion. His literary career was very brief, since on January 16, 1912 he was drowned in the frozen waters of the Wannsee by an unfortunate accident. His poetic work is among the great names of the German expressionist lyric together with Gottfried Benn, Georg Trakl or Else Lasker-Schüler.