The Edward FitzGerald translation is considered a classic of English literature. It was widely taught in schools here for decades, and almost anyone over the age of 50 probably recognizes this famous passage:
A book of verses beneath the bough,
A jug of wine, a loaf of bread – and thou
Beside me singing in the wilderness –
Oh, wilderness were paradise enow!
I was required to memorize a chunk of it in high school. I remember dreading the assignment, but was surprised at how much I ended up enjoying it. It was my favorite poem in the entire one-year survey.
Arabian literature is irrelevant to the discussion.