The early aesthetics of Richard Dehmel are closely connected with naturalism in Germany at the end of the 19th century. Naturalism in Berlin shaped the term "modernity," which Eugen Wolff introduced through his lecture for the literary association "Durch!" in 1886. The goal of this literary movement is, above all, to bring about modern poetry in Germany through social, national, religious-philosophical and literary struggles. In contrast to Stefan George, Dehmel thought that art should exist for life, not for art's sake. Poetry was first and foremost the same as experience. Before and after the publication of the first poem "Redemption" (1891), Dehmel engaged in intensive reflections on Christian ethical issues such as "self-redemption" and "eternal life." He tried to reconcile the traditional ethics of Christianity with the modernity of poetry by integrating his newly interpreted principle of redeeming himself through his aesthetics.