The speaker of the poem is quoting a recently-deceased acquaintance named Mick Joyce, who, from his name, is obviously Irish. Mick was saying that the English were so sex-obsessed that they would have sex at all sorts of times and places; usually you think of nighttime as the typical time when people have sex, but he says the English would do it in the daytime; and he adds in other details of unusual times and places for sex.
I don't there's anything here about "fear of darkness or unknown." These lines are just a portrait of an Irish guy stereotyping the English.
I guess I'd call this a hyperbole. Mick is exaggerating how sex-obsessed he thinks the English are. It's like saying "They're so horny, they'd do it in the road, in front of the queen, with the TV cameras rolling," etc.
· 8 years ago